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Vol. 37. 

Mount Morris, III., Jan. 7, 18 

No. I. 



I««. . . 
Having Ou 


-. Light. By Alice Anderson. 


Sweep the Corners. By W. R. Deeter 

TheMil!enniuni.-No. I. By A. Hutchison 

Tkc Pilot. ByJ.S. Mohlcr 

Music. By J. H. Miller 

Sclilatter. By A. W. Vaniman 

New Year Thouglits. By J. E. Blough 

Tlie Sabbath. By C. H. Balsbaugi 

Troubles. By F. D. Anlhouy 

Xl-e Church and the Vine. By W. E. Roop. 

■■ I Have Planted. Apollos Watered." By Lizzie D. F 

De^id and Dying Churches. By D. L. Forney, . . . 

Feet-washing. By C. D. Hylton, 

■ The Five Foolish Virgins, or Failing at the Crisis.-M 



By Manila Click. 


Not many years ago England monopolized the 
'manufatture of steel and kindred industries. To- 
|6y the United States not only sends steel rails to 
ingland but has recently filled an order for twenty 
ocomoiives to be used on English railways. It 
eenis mi be conceded that we lead the world in\va\- ^applies. American locomotives have re- 
lently lici n ordered for Japan, in preference to Eng- 
lish entwines, and they will be used entirely on the 
,va:" ii'at is now being built in China. The Riis- 
government, on its Trans-Siberian railway, has 
'\<^6 h> employ only American-made locomo-' 
lives, drriiiing them to be better adapted to the se- 
rere and lung-continued demands of that vast thor- 

'Id that the " children of this world are 
ir generation than the children of light." 
for a large brewery in Milwaukee be- 
ining the children,— not for the Lord but 
LOr the mterests of the brewery he represents. He 
1 ahiays charge my firm $2 a week or S104 a 
J'ear for pennies which I distribute among the chil- 
dren whom I may chance to meet on my collecting 
pours, and xwy firm considers it a good investment, 
fit :. ...iv building up a constituency to buy the 
' brewery I collect for. The children 
M beer now, but they are sent to buy 
he beverage for their parents and all 
ir my beer because thej- get my pen- 
'. IS never too early to begin trainings 
in the right direction." There is a world 
in the last sentence of the collectq 
should apply it in a differeni 
power might be available in th. 

\,i Ulcn 


few years if the proper effort were put forth in 
bringing up the rising generation in the fear of the 
Lord! In point of zeal [or his employer the brew- 
ery collector puts many professing Chitstians to 
shame, who claim to serve the Great King and yet 
take so little interes. n the extension 6-f his king- 
dom. If the church is ever to prosper as it ought, 
there must be a more intelligent effort to influence 
the little ones for Christ. 

The persecuted Russian sect of non-conformists, 
— the Dhoukhobortsi, — of whom we made mention 
a few weeks ago, have now sent their first delega- 
tion from the Russian port of Bat m to St. John, 
British Columbi-. There are I,C.J, persons in the 
party, and they will settle in the' Canadian North- 
west. iVIr. George Tolstoi, the son of the well- 
known philanthropist, is in charge of the party. It 
is proposed to have these people remain over win- 
ter in Winnipeg, and to have them proceed to the 
location selected for them with the opening of 
spring. The ne.xt delegation will leave Russia a 
few weeks later, and arrangements are now being 
made to find locations for them. It is well that 
there are |)laces of refuge for the persecuted people 
from Russia; better still it is that there is a "Sure 
Refuge " for all who desire salvation from sin and 
the power of the adversary. 

Whatever else may be said about the )-ear 1S98, 
it will be remembered as one of notable inventions, 
especially in the electrical field. Some of these we 
have already mentioned in these columns. A late 
achievement is the multiple telegraph instrument, 
invented by Dr. Henry A. Rowland, of Johns Hop- 
kins University, Baltimore, Md. The fact that it is 
to send as many as four messages simultaneously 
each way over the same wire is in itself noteworthy, 
and the further fact that it is to print each message 
separately on a sheet of paper, without the need of 
a receiving operator, is still more important. Mes- 
sages will be sent by means of keyboards like those 
of typewriters and will be received on sheets of pa- 
per for immediate delivery. In San Francisco an- 
other still more wonderful electrical appliance has 
been tested. Prof. Van der Nailen has succeeded in 
sending telegraphic messages Tf////^;// K'm'j, and ev- 
en through apparently impenetrable substances, 
such as brick walls, etc. It is wonderful to contem- 
plate the vast possibilities that are yet before us, 
for as yet we stand only upon the threshold of the 
many discoveries that will be unveiled in the course 
of time. 

Mr. B. H. Roberts, the polygamist Congressman 
from Utah, is making an attempt to vindicate him- 
self in his peculiar situation, and is seeking to retain 
his seat in the body of lawmakers, though the senti- 
ment of the people is opposed to such a course. In 
reply to some implications he says; "Joseph Smith 
received a commandment from the Lord to intro- 
duce our order of marriage into the church, and on 
the strength of that revelation, and not by reason of 
anything in the Jewish Scriptures the Latter Day 
Saints practice plural marriage. Polygamy is not 
adultery. It appears to me that modern Christians 
must either learn to tolerate polygamy or give up 
forever the glorious hope of resting in Abraham's 
bosom." In a few particulars at least Mr. Roberts' 
ideas differ from the New Testament teachings. 
God does not now reveal himself through any man, 
having " spoken unto us by the Son," as recorded 
in the pages of the New Testament. As to whether 
or not polygamy is adultery, there need be ho doubt 
in the mind of any one who is willing to believe the 

teachings of Christ. The assertion in the last sen- 
tence of the extract given is so absurd that com- 
ment is unnecessary. That there should be even a 
possibility of such a man retaining a seat, in Con- 
gress, is to be regretted, because of the influence it 
will have on the morals of the coun-try in general. 

In consequence of the recent attacks upon mis- 
sionaries in China and remonstrances concerning 
the matter by the nations interested, the Empress- 
dowager has decided as follows: " It is our desire 
that missionaries should be treated truthfully and 
honestly. It will be the duty of all officials to rec- 
ognize and protect foreign missionaries as they go 
to and fro, and to treat them with all courtesy. 
For any disturbances may arise, oflicials will be 
held responsible, when it can he shown that by their 
.authority they might have preserved order." This 
is, by far, the most important decree in favor of 
missionary work in China that has yet been issued. 
It virtually opens the door to the missionary and 
protects him as he has never been before. 

The continually declining health of Pope Leo 
XIII niakes ihc liucsli.Hi .,( his successor an impor- 
tant one, and the urUter is being fully discussed by 
the Catholic journals. One of the prominent peri- 
odicals, published at Leipsic, Germany, has this to 
say: " It seems to be not only desirable but highly 
important that the next ruler in the Vatican .shaulH 
be a clear-headed, broad-minded American, ,\^:- 
would be like the dav?n of a new day for the Vati- 
can, and would dispel the gloom that has so long 
shrouded the holy church. It would mean the wid- 
ening of its influences upon lines at once beneficent 
and more like the apostolic pattern," The writer 
of the extract evidently understands the situation, 
but whether his suggestion as to the choice of a 
pope will be heeded, is another question. A return 
of the Catholic church to a state " more like the 
apostolic pattern " would no doubt be a great help 
to it. In fact, all churches can well afford to make 
efiforts in that direction. 

It is claimed, — and that, too, with some degree of 
justice, — that the average of human life has been 
lengthened by the achievements of science, and that 
many diseases, formerly deemed incurable, are now 
successfully overcome. Prof. Landerer, of Stutt- 
gart, Germany, has just published his discovery of 
what he believes to be a cure for tuberculosis in its 
first stages, together with the results of fifteen years 
of his special treatment of the disease. His method 
of treatment calls for subcutaneous injections of cin- 
nanuc .icid and several of its derivatives. The new 
treatment las been fully tested in the Karl and 01- 
ga hospital, .Stuttgart. The professor's jiotes show 
that tuberculosis, taken in its first stages, was invari- 
ably cured by the cinnamic acid treatment, with 
the aid of dietetic and hygienic measures, continued 
for a period of several months, while in the case of 
those in whom the disease had advanced to the sec- 
ond stage, seventy per cent were cured. The inject- 
ed drugs act directly on the diseased tissues. Prof. 
Landerer says, cicatrizing them and checking tuber- 
cular decay. The discovery is considered a most 
important one by medical specialists. 

While the United States forces took formal pos- 
session of Cuba Jan. I, there is likely to be some 
friction before all things .are fully adjusted. It will 
take some time to reconcile the people to the idea 
that they must necessarily be taught the essential 
principles of self-government, in order to be pre- 
pared for the responsibilities of a republic. 


THE C3-OSI=BIj 3yCESSE3^C3-E!ie-. 





"Tis a wearisome world, this world of ours, 

With its tangles small and great. 
Its weeds ih.t smother the spring flowers. 

And its hapless strife with fate; 
And the darkest day of its desolate days 

Sees the help that comes too late. 
Ah! woe for the word that is never said 

Till the ear is too deaf to hear. 
And woe for the lack to the fainting head 

Of the ringing shout of cheer; 
Ah! woe for the laggard feet that tread 

In the mournful wake of the bier. 
What booteth help when the heart is numb? 

What booteth a broken spar 
Of love thrown out when the lips are dumb 

And life's bark drifteth far. 
Oh! far and fast from the alien past. 

Over the moanmg bar? 
A pitiful thing the gift to-day 

That is dross and nothing worth. 
Though if it had come but yesterday, 

It had brimmed with sweet the earth— 
A fading rose in a death-cold hand. 
That perished in want and dearth. 
Who fain would help in this world of ours. 

Where sorrowful steps must fall. 
Bring help in time to the waning powers, 

Ere the bier is spread with the pall, 
Nor send reserves when the flags are furled, 

And the dead beyond your call. 
For baffling most in this weary world. 

With its tangles small and great. 
Its lonesome nights and its weary days. 

And its struggles forlorn with fate 
Is that bitterest grief, ton deep for tears, 
Of the help that comes too late. 

—Margai-et E. Sattgstei 



While assisting my wife in doing the morning 
work I was driving the broom, when she said, " Be 
careful to clean well the corners." This set my 
mind to running about some other corners that 
ought to be kept clean from dust and cobwebs in 
our spiritual work. 

Paul said, 2 Cor. 7; I, "Let us cleanse ourselves 
from all filt'hiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting 
holiness in the fear of God." While endeavoring to 
cleanse ourselves in a general way, may there not be 
some corners of our lives that are dusty and full of 
cobwebs of the wicked one? We still have a few 
brethren, not to say sisters, who use the " filthy 
weed " openly, sucking an old stinking pipe and so 
saturating their persons, hair and clothes with its 
fumes that the members are glad to give them a 
wide berth when they come to meeting. Others do 
not indulge so openly, but do this thing on the sly, 
and thus allow the dust and cobwebs of filthiness to 
accumulate in the corners of their lives. Remem- 
ber Paul says " all filthiness." That will not admit 
of even the corners being filthy. 

When the deacons make the annual visit, some 
members answer all questions favorably and are so 
reported to the church; but the dust of indifference 
is so hid away in their hearts that when God's great 
gospel broom makes its searching sweep they them- 
selves will be surprised at the accuinulation in the 
corners of their lives. 

If malice, envy, hatred jealousy or meanness ol 
any kind is hid back in the corners of our lives, and 
we do not rid ourselves of it while we are probation 
ers, God's broom will find it when we stand befon 
the great white throne, and it will cause our de 

Let us look well to the corners to see that non 
of these things are lurking back hidden, for they 
will be made manifest. " Be not deceived, God 
not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that 
shall he also reap-" "All things are naked 
open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to 
Milford, hid. 

In Two Parts Part One. 

By the above I mean a time and a condition of 
things when the true and faithful followers of Christ 
shall reign with him. 2 Tim. 2; II, 12 says, " It is a 
faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we 
ihall also live with him: if we suffer, we shall also 
-eignwith him; if we deny him, he also will deny 
is." Here it is apparent that his followers will be 
tried, and if they endure the test, then the reign- 
ing with Christ will follow. 

In Rey. 20: 6 we read, " Blessed and holy is he 
that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the 
second death hath no power, but they shall be 
priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with 
him a thousand years." In what capacity are they 
to serve? Rev. 5: 10 gives us some idea of it in the 
following words: " And hast made us unto our God 
kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." 
I suppose we all have some idea of the business 
of a king, and of the office of a priest. But we are 
often asked, Where will these new kings find coun- 
try and subjects? And in behalf of whom will the 
new priests intercede? We must remember that the 
earth and its inhabitants will be given into the 
hands of the saints. Dan. 7: 18 says, " But the 
saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, 
and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and 
ever." Here we can easily see where they will find 
territory. This will be given into their hands when 
the battle of Rev. 19: n-21 is fought, between 
Christ and his army, and the beast and his army. 
Dan. 7:21,22 says: " I beheld, and the same horn 
made wat- with the saints, and prevailed against 
them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment 
was given to the saints of the Most High; and the 
time came that the saints possessed the kingdom." 
Here it is said the time will come when the saints 
shall possess the kingdom. We here might ask, To 
what e.xtent, or how much of it shall they take 
charge of? The twenty-seventh verse will explain. 
It says- "And the kingdom and dominion, and the 
greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, 
shall be given to the people of the saints of the 
Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting king- 
dom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him." 
This' looks as if the saints will have the whole matter 
to superintend and look after during the time they 
ign with Christ, he being head over all. 
But we meet with those who are very anxious to 
know how each saint will know his territory and 
subjects. But we must remember that Christ has 
given each one something to do here. And to such 
as faithfully work here he has said (in parable), 
■• Have thou authority over ten cities," etc. Luke 
19:17. And again he says, "And if ye have not 
been faithful in that which is another man's, who 
shall give you that which is your own?" Luke 16: 
12. Jt seems as if the Lord means to test the fidel- 
ity of his followers while here, and if they prove to 
be loyal in the little which he gives them while here, 
then he will assign them a greater work over there. 

In Rev. 3:21 we read, "To him that overcometh 
will I grant to sft with me in my throne, even as I 
also overcame, and am set down with my Father in 
his throne." The Savior had to finish the work the 
Father had given him to do before he went to the 
throne. And so will we have to finish what he has 
given us to do while here, before we begin to reign 
with him over there. 

Now for the subjects for whom we intercede and 
)ver whom we reign. Zech. 14: 16 says: "And it 
^hall come to pass, that every one that is left of a.ll 
the nations which came against Jerusalem, shall 
even go up from year to year to worship the King, 
the Lord ol hosts, and to keep the feast of taberna- 
Here is where 1 find the subjects over whom 
the saints are to preside. And each one will have 
his ten, five, or two cities to intercede in behalf of 
before Christ, the same as Christ now intercedes 
with the Father in behalf of the church. Since it is 
clearly shown that the saints are to take charge of 
the entire kingdom, they must of necessity look aft- 

the people who will inhabit the earth at that time. 
But the truly faithful will be the only ones who will 
serve as kings and priests. And they shall ultimate- 
ly be the judges of the world, — under Christ of 

uise. . I Cor; 6: 2 says: " Do ye not know that the 

nts shall judge the world? " 

Keukn, Fin. 



I AM in receipt of a copy of a paper just published j 
at Mount Morris with the above title. The paper is 
to be published weekly, and its aim is to ppl/ 
suitable reading for young people in the chui:cb Its 
aim surely is a good one. 

The title of the paper is an appropriate one. We 
are all in need of a Pilot to guide us over the shoals 
and through the nmrows to a safe haven biyond. 
The first piece, entitled " A- Voyaging," is very sug- 
gestive. Young people are just pushing their little 
boats away from the shore and are drifting with the 
tide out on the wide ocean, where storms and threat- 
ening waves must be encountered. The Pilot is 
willing to extend to them a helping hand. 

" Mexico City,"i5 a very interesting article, teach- 
ing us what kind of a neighbor we have, how he 
lives, and how he looks and acts. 

The educational article is full of useful informa- 
tion, telling us where the educational baby was born, 
and how it passed out of the milk diet into n«ore 
substantial food: the period of teething, whoopi.-.g 
numps, measles, until he became a stalwart' 
educational man. 1 

"The Home of the Rothschilds " is a fine lessorl, 
on economics, teaching not to despise the day 
small things, and how from small beginnings g.c 
things may be achieved, if conducted on right pri 
ciples. Just such a lesson as young people need. 
" The Shasta Fir " teaches the many sharp' poir 
and angles that meet us all in our " upward-elm 
both intellectually and religiously. 

" Luke " is a typical " Darkey " whose appetite^f;,r 
melons got the better of his principles, but whose 
conscience lashed him back again into the path of 
rectitude. Some white folks have similar experi- 

" Lost Knowledge" shows how forgetfulness comes 

to the rescue of memory, allowing frivolous things 

I to drop out, and to hold only the useful and good. 

"The Critical Young Man" is timely and may 

save many an aspiring young man from towering too 

high in himself to his own detriment. 

"The Rocking Chair" suggests a condition of 
ease, improved by profitable meditation. 

" Missionary Education" is both timely and need- 
ful. The only way to lift up a large fraternity to a 
higher sense of duty to the lost ones is by persis- 
tent education. 

"The Father's Call" is a gem that points out 
clearly the right path. 

"Life a Combat " is very profitable reading. In 
short, every article in the specimen copy of the Pilot 
1 sent me is instructive, chaste and edifying. If the 
first copy is a true index of what is to follow, then 
we may expect of the Pilot a very readable paper, 
a paper that will finally exclude from many homes 
the trashy secular papers so prevalent now^ 
Morrill, Kans. 


BY ]. 


There is nothing so charming as music. Th- 
mother will sing to her little one and it falls asleev,- 
Music will soften the hardest heart. Truly the 
is power in music. David was called the svve,' 
sineer of Israel. He would sing a new song unto 
the Lord. I like a new song occasionally, too 
many new songs spoil a meeting. \Ve should sing 
such songs as all can sing, so we could make ipelo- 
Ay in our hearts. 

VMusie is a great power to the soul, it ca Is the 
.Vligious devotee to worship, the patriot to his 



country's altar, the philanthropist to his generous 
work, the free man to the temple of liberty, the 
friend to the altar of friendship, the lover to the 
side of the beloved. It strengthens all of those. 
TKc human soul seems to be a mighty harp that 
:;harms the world. The human voice is the only 
pcrffft instnunctit Jtuidc. It lasts the longest; it 



cleaning; it has but ( 

" Sing with the spirit," e 

a skillful Maker. Chil. 

uld the>' be taught to sin 

key, that of 
The human 


sweetens the cup of sorrow, softens the hard- 
hearted fiend. 

Vn'- angels have a song so enchanting. They 
sin^ tf.e song of Moses, the servant of God, and the 
song of the Lamb. The Lamb has a song. Oh! 
how beautiful to hear the music fall on the ear. In 
some of our churches the music is so dull; no life, 
no ifirit, and no underslnnding. Why not educate 
more in this direction? 

Music is healthful; it expands the lungs and up- 
lifts the soul. There is no better cure for an ill 
temper than music. If I visit a household that has 
no music I am low spirited. No family can afford 
to do without music. I had an uncle who could not 
sing, but he would use his music in a whistle. He 
must have music. Nothing seems so charming as 
to hear a whole family join in song. It makes 
home attractive. Show me a family who often join 
' in song and I will show you a family where har- 
mony and sweet fellowship reign supreme. Some 
people can not sing, but all love to hear sweet mu- 

There is music i 
How the Niagara 
' water! The soun 
ainfall on the 

n the wind, music in the water! 
pours down its millions of tons of 
d can be heard for miles away. 
; roof has its music. The electric 
song as the news passes over. Oh, 
for more of that sweet music that lifts the soul to 
God. I was called to the bedside of a man who 
fond of music. As we came to the next to the 
last stanzj'i he dropped his head on the pillow, 
losed his eyes, and passed over. Music charmed 
s soul. May we die rejoicing, praising God in 
Goshen, hid. 



Francis Schlatter, called th 
resent in the city of Atlanta 


: healer, is at 
ns to be the 

original Schlatter who i 
.tgo and who was afterw 
iif starvation. We havi 
liim and observing his i 

her of til 


times twice a day, mount 
foot high, and when a ci 
he proceeds to work. H 
while on the street. He h; 

n Denver several years 
rds reported as having died 
had the privilege of seeing 
anner of procedure a num- 
s upon the street at stated 
nts a little platform about a 

,vd gathe 


2ver speaks a word 
young man with him 
who acts as manager and does all the talking that is 
done, and also holds the hat for the donations. 
The people who desire to be treated are formed 
I in line and pass through his hands in turn. About 
' two per minute cati be treated. All are treated 
alijte. He asks no questions. When a person 
reaches him he grasps his two hands with both his 
own and makes firm pressure for a few seconds. 
Next, with his left hand holding the patient's right, 
his right hand placed on the back of the patient's 
neck, firm pressure is made for a few seconds, then 
another few seconds' pressure upon the hands, and 
the treatment is complete. I did see him in addition 
ro this place his fingers in a man's ears where there 
was some defect in hearing. 

What are the results? So far as we can see and 
hear they are the same as though any other man or 
woman were to go through the same peTformance, — 
absolutely no results except to affect the iniagina- 
':ition of some people. He has not even the advan- 
tages of the magnetic healer, for he gives each per- 
son too little time. The kernel in the «ut is the 
nickels and dimes that drop into the hat. 

Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 7, ; 


BV J. 

New Year! What a volume of meaning is 
couched in those two words! One more year of our 
short lives is gone and has borne its report to eter- 
nity. We are ofttimes reminded that it is better to 
forget the past, always look forward and "let by- 
gones be bygones; " yet I think that occasionally it 
does us good to review the past. It is only by the 
past that we can to a limited degree foretell the fu- 
ture, and if we arc allowed to judge the future by 
the past it will have its full share of sorrows, disap- 
pointments, bereavements and trials, as well as 
blessings, joys, delights and victories. 

In many respects this has been a remarkable year. 
Though no longer than other years, enough events 
have transpired greatly to enlarge our national his- 
tory. A year ago scarcely any one thought war im- 
minent, yet within less than a year war was declared, 
victories won, millions of people freed and peace 
again signed. Notwithstanding all this, commerce 
and all kinds of business went on as though noth- 
ing more than ordinary was transpiring, and had it 
not been for the newspapers many would not even 
have been aware of the conflict. 

This shows how mighty a nation we have become. 
It takes more than a little war to wreck the " Ship 
of State." No doubt some of our members became 
a little alarmed at the reports circulated by some 
sensational newspaper reporters that it would soon 
become necessary to draft men into the service. 
How grateful ought we to be that we live in a coun- 
try where we need not take up arms to kill our fel- 

The year has wrought great changes in many 
homes. Thousands who entered upon this year 
happy and with bright prospects have passed under 
the rod of affliction and sore bereavement. The 
pale rider on his white horse has visited many 
homes and draped them in mourning. Children 
have been made orphans, nevermore to feel the ten- 
der caress of fond parents. And many will find 
their lot a hard one. The tender little bud has been 
snatched from the mother's breast and transported 
to brighter realms. Kind husbands and loving 
wives had to bid a long farewell to companions who 
will now have to fight life's battles alone. Many 
homes, too, have been made to mourn the untimely 
death of a brave soldier who laid down his life on 
battlefield or in hospital while serving his country. 
Oh how cruel is war! 

Death always causes sorrow, and ofttimes the dis- 
solution of the family: yet the most solemn thought 
to me is the question whether the deceased was pre- 
pared for death, and would I have been leady to go 
had the summons been to me? In looking over our 
lives as spent the past year we, no doubt, all see 
where we have erred and come short of doing our 
duty towards God or our fellow-men. This ought 
to arouse us to greater diligence and closer watch- 
fulness during the year upon which we are now en- 
tering. We may be of the number who will be 
called away ere the year closes. It seems to me 
that an unusually large number of our elders and 
preachers died this year. In reading the obituaries 
we cannot help being impressed by the large num- 
ber who die suddenly — almost without a moment's 
warning. Let us, then, be also ready! 

During the year 1899 there should be greater 
strides made in every department of church work. 
Let there be more elders ordained, more ministers 
elected, more churches organized, and Sunday 
schools established wherever it is at all practicable. 
Then, too, let the money just flow in for missions. 
I did hope that we could attend a love feast in our 
own'meetinghouse in Washington before the close 
of 1898, but I was disappointed. , 

Those who would like to carry the Gospel to for- 
eign nations, and are too old or do not like to spend 
the time required to master new languages, can find 
plenty of English-speaking countries, — England, 
Australia, Canada, etc. Then there are the colored 
people of our own country. Six years residence 
among them has convinced me that we as a church 

cannot clear our skirts without making a strong ef- 
fort to give them the pure Gospel. A soul in Amer- 
ica is worth as much as in India or China, and may 
be converted at smaller expense. 
Manassas, l^a. 



Mf Dear Brother:— 

God does nothing without substantial reason. 
His appointments are designed as reminders of his 
claims on our undivided consecration. 

When the great work of creation was finished God 
rested. This is the meaning of Sabbath. But there 
was a greater work still to do. Redemption is more 
than creation. When Christ rose from the dead 
God finished his greatest work. He then established 
a Sabbath such as the universe had never known,— 
a Sabbath which is to last forever. The early Chris- 
tians understood this, and called the first day of the 
week the Lord's Day. This is the Sabbath for all_ 
who accept Jesus as the Savior. 

The Jewish Sabbath is over as truly as circumcis- 
ion. The ten commandments are all binding as to 
firinciptc, but not as to lime and form. The whole 
Christian world accepts the first and second com- 
mandments as of perpetual obligation. Matt. 22: 
37-40. The modes of expressing this loyalty have 
changed. So of all the rest. The seventh day ad- 
vocates can get no argumenf for their opinions out 
of the decalogue. Their logic nullifies Christianity. 
They cannot fasten primitive usage to the fourth 
commandment, and ignore it in the first. God is 
always consistent, however he may bear with our 

Constantine's edict has nothing to do with 
originating e'tlhet the time o\- the name of the day. 
•It is God's Sabbath for humanity, necessitated by 
the very terms of redemption. When Jesus uttered 
Matt. 26: 38, 39, the Sabbath of Heb. 4: g was not 
yet established. 

May this blessed rest be yours and mine forever 
and ever. 

iltdon Deposit, Pa. 



Past experience has no doubt taught most of us 
that it is generally far more pleasant and easy to 
give comfort to others than it is to be comforted 
ourselves. I once heard a minister say, who was 
physically unable to perform his ministerial labors, 
that when he was in health he regarded it an easy 
thing to teach his congregation to endure their 
trials and afflictions. " But," he added, " now that 
I am afilicted, I find that it was far more easy to 
give the precept than it is to give the example." 
In other words, that minister practically said that 
preaching is one thing and doing is altogether an- 
other thing: and that the former without the latter 
does not count for much in our Christian living. 

All of us wish to be happy in this world, and the 
wish is only natural and normal; but how unreason- 
able we would be if we should expect to experience 
unalloyed happiness. To enter this world with 
such an expectation would be entering blindfold, 
and before our lives would be half spent our eyes 
.would be opened to the fact that " all is vanity and 
vexation of spirit." Troubles, more or less, will 
come to every one of us, and often we find our- 
selves so distressed in spirit that it is no easy thing 
to suppress and conquer them. And if you should 
wonder why this is the case, it is because " the flesh 
lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the 
flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: 
so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." 
Gal. 5: 17. 

The saying that " we should not cross the bridge 
before we reach it " simply means that we should 
not plunge ourselves into an anticipation of trou- 
bles that never come. And yet how many persons 
are there who allow themselves to be dragged down 


Jan. 7, 1899. 

to a miserable end, all because they yield to a 
thousand frets and vvorriments about things that 
never come to pass. Brethren, I take it to be 
wrong for any of us to be slaves to troubles; for 
they tend to draw us away from God and to cause 
us to forfeit heaven. Jesus says, " Let not your 
heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in 
me." John 14: 1. Also, " I will not leave you 
comfortless: I will come to you." Verse 18. 

Many persons carrj'' their own troubles, and hap- 
py is the Christian who can meet his troubles with 
such alacrity that he hardly remembers them as tri- 
als. Paul was " troubled on every side, yet not dis- 
tressed," etc. (2 Cor. 4: 8, 9), and should we not 
seek to follow his noble example? 

Many troubles in life when we cease to 
nurse them. But if we wiU be miserably unhappy 
and foster troubles, there is no remedy that will 
bring us any good. We should all learn that many 
troubles will cease the moment our heart accepts 
them as a part of a Divine Trovidence. For " many 
troubles are but the strain which we endure when 
,God would carry us the right way, and we insist up- 
on going the wrong." If when two persons walk 
arm in arm. one would turn and the other would 
not, they must either pull di\'ersely or must separate. 
But God never lets go his children's arms; and 
though they fall they shall not be utterly cast down: 
lor the Lord upholdeth them with his hand. 
Psalms 37: 24. 

Many persons swoon awa)- in the belief that their 
troubles mean that God is against them, when at 
the same time they should regard them as the chas- 
tening of the Lord. " Therefore despise not thou 
the chastening of the Almighty, p'or whom the 
Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son 
whom he receiveth." Job 5: 17; Heb. 12: S. 

Troubles should be met and resisted. They 
should be met with greater force than they bring, 
and we should bear in mind that while no trouble or 
" chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, 
but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the 
peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which 
are e.\ercised thereby." I-leb. 12: 11. 

Happy are we who can rid ourselves of troubles 
by holding them up in the light of God's counte- 
nance. Our troubles may arise from seeing things 
in a false light, but when surveyed in the light of 
heaven they dissolve like snowflakes. When God 
blesses us with fruitful seasons he sends clouds to 
the mountains. So when he would bless us with no- 
ble graces and victories in " the good fight of faith," 
we must often pass under the cloud of affliction, and, 
being pressed and burdened, go to God in prayer 
only to rise triumphant with hope and cheer. 

" Have we trials and temptations? 
' Is there trouble anywhere? 
We should never be discouraged, 
Take it to the Lord in prayer." 

There is peace in the very presence of God. Trou- 
bles come to us like mire and filth, but when min- 
gled with the soil of God's grace they change to 
sunshine and flower and fruit. 

In conclusion, let me say, dear reader, that when 

■ heart 


ouragc yo 


the Lord and soliloquize in the words of the Psalm- 
ist, '■ Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why 
art thou disquieted within me? hope ihou in God: 
for 1 shall yet praise him, who is the health of my 
countenance, and my God." Psalms 42: 11, 
Eldcrton^ Pa. 


SiTT]NG on Zion's hill, the home of the Psalmist, 
the City of David, after having passed through the 
countries of Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh, we 
see the natural reason lor the Psalmist's plea. The 
ancient church, whicli the strong arm of the Al- 
mighty had brought up out of Egypt, is here com- 
pared to a vine. To-day the same plea might be 
equally, if not more strongly, urged in this land of 
broken-down hedges, and the veritable home of An- 
ti-christs. The sons of Ishmael have their faces set 

towards Mecca, and the face of the Lord can not 
shine either upon theth or the heathen. Surely 
many of the dwellers of these lands are given up to 
their own hearts' lusts, and are walking in their own 
counsels. ' 

It is easy to see the truthfulness of the form 
of the figure, how that the real hills were cov- 
ered with the shadow of the vine and the boughs 
thereof. And Christ himself used a like figure in 
saying, " I am the vine, ye are the branches." One 
of the particulars in which the church may be said 
to be like the vine in its unsightly root. Men said, 
"There is no form or comeliness in him that we 
should desire him." To them he was "a root out 
of dry ground." But to-day this frail root is 'send- 
ing forth a vine, and its branches are filling the 
whole earth, and wherever the nations eat of the 
fruit there is gladness and joy. 

The vine is a clinging plant and is almost every- 
where supported by rack, trellis or frame. Other- 
wise it clings to the earth. There need be no dis- 
couragement if Christians are weak or if the church 
is weak, for the New Testament figuratively repre- 
sents the harvest as great, but the laborers few; and 
no better evidence of this can be had than a visit 
among the earth's millions furnishes. Truly the 
church is a little flock. And " the bride," coming 
up from the wilderness of the world's many-sided 
beliefs, must ever be found leaning upon the arm of 
her Beloved. When man or church feels weak it 
may only be a sign of strength. 

Down in the Jordan valley we look across at the 
wilderness of Moab and then the desert sands, and 
fancy we see Israel in the midst of the warlike tribes; 
but it is a lesson that the scenes do not change, that, 
dwelling in tents and feeling weak, trusting in God 
even to move the host across the swelling floods, 
she is stronger than in all her fenced cities, trusting 
to her own might and reeling in Solomonic glory, 
as still traced here in the city of David itself. 

The vine, though frail it may be, yet grows very 
rapidi)'. This is universal, as all who care for the 
vine know. And Peter had to be taught this lesson 
concerningthe spiritual vine, the church, here at 
Joppa, the place where we now write. And Philip's 
success in preaching Christ in the city of Samaria 
and the rapid growth of the church there seemed to 
surprise the apostles themselves that were at Jerusa- 
lem. Syrian Antioch becomes a centre of growth 
on the north, while Philip's special mission to the 
Ethiopian sends a root as far south as Africa. 

The effect of the work of Paul along the shores of 
the Mediterranean and in Asia Minor we have only 
a few weeks ago been able to trace. Christian influ- 
ence still emanates from the kingdom of Great Brit- 
ain. And the blessings that have gone out from 
America, strictly known as a Christian nation, and 
from elsewhere in the present century would be too 
much to enumerate. This, after all, is the true 
worth of the Chri,stian church. The fruit of the vine 
is about its only value. And Jesus says," In this is 
your Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit." 
Then, again, fruitless branches must be cut off. It 
is said, " Men gather them and burn them with fire." 
But it is usual to exercise great skill and wisdom in 
taking off the worthless and barren branches. 

The beauty of Palestine may easily have been its 
vineyards. As we look at the land to-day in parts 
it is being redeemed. The stone terraces are again 
set up and the vine is again adorning and beautify- 
ing many a rocky place. So, too, wherever the true 
church is there is spiritual beauty. But how the 
heart aches to see the pagan darkness in Asia Minor. 
Would that Palestine and the continents surround- 
ing it might be redeemed from the few relics of 
primitive Christianity to a true spiritual worship, 
and that our own Christian land may be saved from 
lowering itself to the great moral Sahara of the Ori- 
ent. The vincis propagated by the seed; and the 
seed of the kingdom is the 'Word. But the branch- 
es themselves are most frequently used for good and 
rapid growth. And the storms of persecution that 
befell the first church at Jerusalem was a means of 
sending the truth to the four quarters of the earth, 
for " they that were scattered abroad went every- 
where preaching the Word." 



Paul planted the seed, trusting God for the in- 
crease. Perhaps some thought that Paul himself 
should remain to water and cultivate, but this 
patiently attended to by Apollos. They were both 
faithful, though their tasks were widely different. 
They were both striving after the same ideal, but 
there was a difference in the cast and mould of th.ii 
characters. When Christ is our type, why are not 
all Christians just alike? 

We observed the coining of gold at the mint; each 
coin of a kind was stamped by the same die, and a 
million coins of the same value were made just 
exactly alike. But our lives are not minted in that 
way; God loves variety, and so we find it in the 
trees and plants and flovvers, in animals, even in human 
faces, a wide range of differences, no two that are 
identical in all respects. As Christians, we are look- 
ing unto Jesus, striving to walk in his footsteps, to 
live as he lived, to be Christ-like, and yet there is a 
strange diversity in our lives. The twelve disciples 
were very unlike. Abraham, Moses and David 
were all men of God, though widely different in 
character. Mary and Martha both loved Jesus, yet 
unto this day Mary is a type of quiet, loving medi- 
tation, while Martha incites us to eager, active 
service. One reason for it is that God does not 
bestow the same natural gifts upon all of us, and Ihe 
grace of God does not change our personal ideii 

Peter was bold and impulsive, his love mo .1 
him to walk upon the turbulent sea to greel . . 
Savior. John, who was always very near to Chn i 
even " leaning on Jesus' bosom," was timid and - 
tie; he looked with sympathy upon the lameurch 
at the gate Beautiful, but it was Peter's loud upon 
that gave command in the name of Jesus Chri«iem , 
Nazareth, " Rise up and walk." John's loving heart ' ^| 
rendered some efficient service on the day of Pente- P\ 
cost, but it is Peter's sermon that inspires us to-d:ry. 
We are told that a Greek slave stopped '.o look 1,* ?. 
statue on the public square. She gazed long ,md 
earnestly, and then went to her humble home with a 
desire to make some change in her personal appear- 
ance, so as to resemble in some degree her ideal. 
She did this from time to time, growing more Itlc. 
the beautiful statue all the while. 

The character of our Lord is so infinitely gr.j,i.t 
and grand that we can copy and strive to imitate 
him from day to day, and yet as the years go by 
we realize only a little of Jesus in our lives. It is as 
if a company of artists should paint each one a 
picture of the arctic regions. We would find one 
had painted a picture of the sea with the breal- 
surging around floating masses of ice, another' .( i' 
ture of an iceberg, still another a picture of a dre i; , 
expanse of country covered with snow; no two aliki , 
because no two of them painted the same scene; yet 
all are rrue pictures of the frozen north. But it is 
too.vast for any one artist to represent it upon "n/^- 
canvas. So one of us can, like Dorcas, be kind > 
the poor as Jesus was, or like Mary sit at bis I, 
and learn of him, or like Paul appear before kin -. 
and preach the crucified Savior, or like Ste|il> 11 
pray for forgiveness on our pnemies even when d\ 
ing at their hands. But we are so small that we . . 
copy only a part of Jesus in our one little life. 

Then let us be charitable and not condemn e;ii 1> 
other for these differences. Let us not say that v\<. 
Marthas are busybodies, or the Marys are usel. 
Let us touch the lives about us reverently, e\cii , 
Jesus did. When the woman broke her alaba: m . 
box of precious ointment the disciples were critn ,l 
they murmured saying, "To what purpose is ili: 
waste?" Jesus answered, "Let her alone." In 
often we feel that we mu,st interfere in the life-wui 
of those about us. tike Peter we inquire, '.'I.oil 
what shall this man do? " And perhaps to us com. 
the rebuke' Christ gave Peter, "What is th,Jt 1. 
thee? follow thou me." We must prayerfully leaiti 

" Nothing useless is or low, 
Each thing in its place is best." 

Our Lord Jesus is hidden from the eyes of the world; 
they do not see him, but they see us, and our liv.s 

Jan. 7, 18 

THE gosfexj :m:esseitc3-eij,. 

are to show them the Christ, What a responsibility 
is ours! It rests with us to bring reproach upon his 
name or to glorify it forever. 

" Thy life in me be shown 

Lord, I would henceforth seek 

To think and speak 

Thy thoughts, Thy words alone, 

Covington, Ohio. 


In a recent letter one of our active ministers in 
the home land incidentally refers to a visit to one 
of the churches in which was sadly manifested a 
lack of spiritual life and activity. For a single 
member to be " about the only one pushing " recalls 
a condition such as must have prompted the Spirit 
to dictate to one of the Seven Churches the solemn 
warning, " Be watchful and strengthen the things 
which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not 
found thy works perfect before God." And were 
the Spirit to deliver a message to many of the 
churches in our Brotherhood to-day, would he not, 
in far too many cases, find conditions such as he 
found among the Seven Churches of apocalyptic 
fame? " By their fruits ye shall know them " is as 
applicable to churches as to individuals. 

That such a state is pleasing to God or that God 
wills it to be so no one will argue, unless it be that 
God is removing the candlestick because they will 
not repent. When churches once active and strong, 
and abounding in spiritual life and zeal, decline in 
activity, become cold in love, and the fruits of the 
'nit are lacking, there must be a cause. But what 

\e first and chief cause of decline may be the 
o..ifte as with the church of Ancient Ephesus to 
which it was said, " Thou hast left thy first love." 
How sad that once where glowed the warmth and 
ardor of Christian zeal and power, where love as 
an electric current flowed from heart to heart, where 
no sacrifice for a brother's good was too great, 
where no self-denial was looked upon as uncalled 
for, now instead love is chilled, the current is feeble 
or wanting, sacrifice is unthought of and self-denial 
a burden. What, Christian brother, was your own 
experience of that first love? How good and pure 
every brother and sister was! How you enjoj'ed the 
meeting and drank in the sermon! How your coun- 
tenance lit up and your head unconsciously nodded 
assent as duty was made plain to you! How you 
felt you would enjoy telling everybody in all the 
world that Christ died to save all. How, after the 
meeting was over, your heart overflowing with love, 
you greeted each brother with a whole-hearted grasp 
of the hand and kiss of love! How, when the 
solicitor called for a donation to the mission cause 
or for the support of the poor, you said, " Oh! I was 
afraid you were going to miss me." 

Then no weather was too hot, too rainy or too 
cold to keep ,you from meeting. That was twenty- 
five, perhaps only five, years ago. But how is it 
now? Has that first love changed? Do you find 
that same warmth and ardor still glowing in your 
heart? Or, when Sunday morning comes, does a 
cloud in the west arouse your fears lest you be 
caught in the rain and the paint on your new carriage 
become spotted? Do )'ou take a seat farther back 
in the church than formerly? When the meeting is 
over do you say to your wife, " Do hurry up, let's go 
home; it's so hot?" With your increasing family 
do you find less time for family pra)'ers than when 
)-ou and your companion were }'et alone in the 
house? On account of the hail storm and the gen- 
eral shortness of the crops do you feel you cannot 
give the Lord the promised tenth this year? When 
the minister begins the series of meetings do you 
say. We'll wait a few evenings till the interest gets 
started, then we'll go? 

"But," you sa}', "v,'hat though I am not so earnest 
as before? That should not affect the church." 
Let us see. You, as one of the members of the 
church, are growing cold, losing your first love. 
A dozen or more members in that church in the 
same condition may warrant the Spirit to say of 

If the individual 

her, " She has left her first 1 

members of the church are 

so is the church. If her members are cold, inactive, 

dead, so is the church. Therefore " be watchful and 

strengthen the things which remain that are ready to 

die," lest he come as a thief and ye be not prepared. 

But to-day the Spirit would find other causes for 
dead and dying churches. There may be a "root of 
bitterness," jealousy, springing up among the ofii- 
cials, by which many will be defiled. That unruly 
member, the tongue, has been active in spreading 
suspicions about brother l\, fearing that he may 
gain more influence than brother B. Brother B has 
friends who "are not going to stand it," so it goes 
on till the whole church is on fire, a council is called, 
adjoining elders come, and there is a great humbling 
of one or more who should have slione as brilliant 
lights in the church. In the world confidence is 
lost and the power of that church for good is weak- 
ened if not destroyed. Yet it is only one of the 
means Satan uses for destroying g{jod and propagat- 
ing evil. If there be the smallest root of that terri- 
ble weed jealousy in any part of your spiritual nature, 
by all means eradicate it at once, ox like the cancer 
it will spread and cause not only your own destruc- 
tion, but it may be the ruin of the whole church. 

Another evil the Spirit world find in many 
churches to-day is the spirit of worldliness. Not 
only in the laity, but in the ministry as well, is this 
evil at work. What would Jesus think of one of his 
ministers should he come to-day and find residing, 
in a weak congregation where his services are greatly 
needed, one who had one, two or three farms, but 
who, seeing a good " bargain " in another farm in an 
adjoining congregation, buys -the farm, moves over 
to the congregation where are already two or three 
efficient preachers and neglects the weak and strug- 
gling church? Would Jesus say to that minister, 
"Well done, good and faithful servant; because 
thou hast been faithful over a few things I will make 
thee ruler over many things';,? Would he? The 
minister may have got rid of some church troubles, 
but if the Lord meant he shoidd preach Him at 
Nineveh do not be surprised if some day that 
preacher prays for deliverance from the whale's 
belly. If we deal with the Lord's work in that way, 
why keep on praying, "Thy kingdom come " ? 

Another cause of weakness and spiritual debility 
in many churches and a lack of no small moment is 
a failure of interest in the care of the young. No 
church, however large her numbers, or great her 
wealth, can long exist without having recruits from 
the young. Show me a church that does not have 
frequent additions of young people to her ranks and 
I will show you a church that is spiritually dying. 
It cannot be otherwise. If children, whose parents 
are members of the church, cannot be won to the 
church, there is a serious lack in the spiritual life 
of those parents or a sad defect in the working 
power of the church, or both. The young must not 
only be won to the church, but their interest in its 
welfare, its purity, its progress also enlisted. This 
cannot be done without an effort. A wide-awake 
Sunday school must be maintained. To secure this 
the most active and energetic workers to be found 
should be placed in charge of the work, and teach- 
ers of undoubted character and of high spiritual at- 
tainments should alwaj's be preferred, regardless of 
any personal or selfish motive in their selection. 
Prayer meeting, when at all possible, should be car- 
ried on and each young member encouraged to take 
an active part. Singing schools and Bible schools 
are both factors too important to be neglected. 

But aside from all these is the vital, active interest 
that should always flow from the older and stronger 
to the younger and less strong. Never will I lorget 
those of my older brethren and sisters who in my 
early Christian life gave an encouraging word or 
manifested an interest in my welfare. Often in very 
small ways that interest was shown, but it had its 
effect. Let there be a true, vital interest betwe(!n 
old and young, and eternity alone can measure the 

There are other reasons for the coldness and dead- 
jess manifest in what were once strong and healthy 
:hurches. Let these causes be searched out and re- 

moved. One church, as noted recently in the Mes- 
SKNGiiK columns, realizing a lack of spiritual life in 
its ranks, decided to engage in special prayer for a 
new filling of life and power. Let others follow 
this good example, and glorious will be the results. 
Be not satisfied until the first love is again found 
and God's Spirit reigns supreme in every heart. 
Then may each individual church, as shall finally 
the church universal, shine forth " fair as the moon, 
clear as the sun and terrible as an army with ban- 

Bulsar, India. 


Following are a few plain reasons for observing 
feet-washing as a church ordinance by the Brethren 

1. Because our Lord and Master commanded it. 
John 13: 13. If we reject his commands, we reject 
him as otir Lord and Master. 

2. Because Jesus commandvd it. John 13: 14, 15. 
" And I know that his commandment is life ever- 
lasting." John 12: 50. "... and as the Father 
gave me commandment even so I do." John 14: 3L 
" Blessed are they that do his commandments," etc. 
Rev. 22; 14. 

3. Because Jesus gave us the example, John 13: 15, 
as in baptism, and there is no reason for mistake or 

4. Because Jesus was vested with power and 
mention was made of it. John 13:3. See also 
Malt. 28: 18, ig, 20. 

5. Because Jesus made feet-washing -(with Peter) 
a penal statute, John 13:8, " If I wash thee not, thou 
hast no part with me." 

6. Because Jesus is the author and finisher of our 
Jaith. Hence we cannot reject what he instituted. 

7. Feet-washing represents a spiritual cleansing 
to God's children. John 13: 1(3. 

8. Speaking of " that prophet " Moses said, " Him 
shall ye hear in all things," etc. Acts 3: 22. Feet- 
washing is among the all things Jesus, the Prophet, 
spoke of. 

The following seem to be the leading objections 
urged against our practice of feet-washing: 

1. "It was an ancient custom." Then Peter was 
ignorant. John 13:7. It cannot bfe shown in the 
Bible, from Genesis to Malachi, where one person 
ever washed another's feet. 

2. " Jesus washed their feet to cleanse them from 
filth." Why could he not cleanse the feet of Judas 
then? John 13:10. Why wash off the filth from 
their feet and then go out and get them soiled again 
that night? John 18: I. 

3. " Jesus washed his disciples' feet at the Bethany 
supper." That does not cliange the language or 
force of his command in John 13: 14. 

4. " The command was to the disciples only." In 
Matt. 28:20 he told the disciples to teach the peo- 
ple to observf all things he had commanded them. 

Hawthorn, Fta. 


-Explain sninething of the ' 

ding feasts, and the intent of the parable 

I. The failure of the five virgins could not be remedied at 
the critical moment, or afterwards. 

1. Friends could not help them. Verse g. 

2. They cannot help themselves. Verse lo. 

3. All efforts prove vain. Verses ti lo 13. 
H. The failure of the live virgins was caused by no lack on 


ps were burning: they look their rest. 

3. They irirnnied their lamps all to no avail, 
III. Their failure at the critical moment shows a lack of pre- 
vious preparaiit 

.ion. Why? A man tails in his busine; 
i when templalion comes. Why?~\ ( 
1 fails to make a success of life. Why? 


Jan. 7, 18 

ned by 




Christ's First Miracle — John It i-ii. 

Lesson for Jan. 15, iSoo. 
As this is the first recorded miracle perfo 
Christ it makes it the more interesting to u 
bears on the Christ-life. And then the time 
significant, as he begins, starts out on his publi 
istry. He was not yet severed fr 
home relations; he was yet in the very first ray of 
the dawning light. His newly-called disciples were 
ready to follow and do, they knew not what. On 
the invitation, "Come and see," some of them go 
along with him to his home. And while there an 
invitation comes to the home to attend a wedding 
over at Cana. The invitation is accepted and the 
whole crowd goes,— Jesus, his mother and the 
newly-called disciples. The new regime of things 
was not yet organized, so that they were yet looked 
upon as the common folks of the day. They went 
as all the other invited guests. And the very inter- 
esting story in ao way intimates that they were 
looked upon with any special or marked interest. 

But the fact that Jesus went and took some inter- 
est in the occasion gives the marriage institution a 
sanctity that it could not otherwise have had. In 
our younger days we had a very bright picture of 
the place and occasion. And when we decided to 
visit the lands of the Bible, Cana of Galilee was an 
important objective point. And to say that we 
were disappointed when going to the place ex- 
presses it very feebly indeed. It not only spoiled 
our formerly entertained picture of it, but it made 
us heartsick to see the wonderful change that time 
and sin had wrought there. It may be that the mis- 
erably clothed and fed people that now inhabit the 
ruins that yet remain of the then flourishing and 
beautiful village still have their marriage feasts. 
But we are quite sure that the Master's gentle and 
beneficent spirit has long since departed from the 
place. And while they pretend to have still in the 
reputed house, several of the jars that contained the 
miraculously made wine, the occasion for the mira- 
cle to be repeated is no more there. Sin is a great 
waster and destroyer. It turns light into darkness 
and prosperit)' into adversity. 

When they get to the place the mother discovers 
that they have no wine. And as that was an im- 
portant feature of a marriage feast at that time, the 
mother seems to have been not only concerned, but 
disturbed. And she calls the Son. Just why she 
did this or what she expected him to do we cannot 
tell. Some think that she expected Jesus to leave 
and by his leaving a large number would go with 
him, and in this way the embarrassment of those 
who got up the feast would be greatly relieved. 
Others think that she wanted him to talk to the 
people and that by so doing they would become so 
inten-sted in his preaching that they would forget 
about the wine, and the 
noticed. These are only 
your own minds you hav 
course than either of th 
forgotten that it has be 
things she pondered in hi 
more about the future 

privilege that they were thus permitted to come in 
touch with the Master. The same is equally true of 
us. We ought to feel it a wonderful privilege that 
we, too, have been called to the marriage feast to 
serve. And in our serving we come iii touch with 
the Master. And this touch gives us blessed experi- 
ences which we never had before. 

Another thought we have in this lesson is Christ 
as the bountiful source of supply. By him the most 
common things can be changed to meet the most 
extraordinary demands. This lesson was not to the 

pplied, but to those who hereafter were tq do the 

pplying. In our work, ofttimes, as we look for- 
ward, insurmountable hindrances seem to be in the 
way; and of ourselves we could not overcome 
them. But if we are his servants we have the as- 
surance that he will be with us. As he was with 
these people at marriage and removed the difficulty, 
so he is with us to remove our difficulty. " I can do 
all things through Christ who strengtheneth me." 

But to have this help we must not forget the in- 
struction given to the servants by the mother, 
" Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it." We lose a 
great many blessings and much power because of 
our not doing what he has said to us. It required 
more faith on the part of these servants to bear to 
the governor of the feast this wine drawn from wa- 
ter pots than many of us have. How were they to 
believe that they were really bearing wine in their 
cups, after having filled with water the jars from 
which it was drawn? If you can answer this you 
will be able to believe that Jesus can do for you 
anything that he has promised. And if we can 
have enough faith in him to do what he says, the 
thing needed will come, no matter how hard it may 
seem. ^- B. B. 


There are many of our Sunday schools, perhaps 
all, which we claim to have been successful in 1898. 
Every Sunday-school worker is gkid to be able to 
claim success in his work; and while we may have 
been largely successful in the old year, we were not 
so much so that we cannot be more this new year, 
the schools of 18 

One thing 


of it would not be 
nisings, and perhaps 

a better reason for her 
I given. It must not be 

said of her; "All these 
heart." That she knew 

her Son than she ex- 

99 will be no 
essful than those of 1898 with just the 
ount of labor. We want more interest, we 
ire zeal, and we want more energy in the 
of 1898 than was manifested in 1897, if we 
want to claim more true success. If we do not 
change the cause any way, the effect will not be 
changed in the least. 

Let us see whether we can increase the cause of 
Sunday school. To do this we need a little more 
pus/ling power or energy. This we get by love, a 
burning zeal for the work in the school. No one 
can love the work without an interest in it. 

As we look over 1898 we see various hindrances 
that retard the~success of the Sunday school. Tar- 
diness prevents success in any business; no less in 
the Sunday school. No school can be very success- 
ful if the superintendent is late or slothful in his 
work. The great responsibility rests upon him of 
opening and conducting the services at the appoint- 

teacher for the scholars to be unfamiliar with the 
lesson. How much more discouraging to the super- 
intendent for the teacher to come unprepared and 
appear before the class of truth-seekers! Two ques- 
tions would naturally arise: (l) What is he or she 
going to teach? (2) How is he or she going to 
teach it? Well, he or she teaches by example, and 
the thing most forcibly impressed upon the minds 
of the class is that he or she doesn't have any inter- 
est in their welfare in the great work of salvation, 
neither in the success of the Sunday school. There 
are lawful excuses for not being ready with the les- 
son, but they are very /f if. 

As long as the people could cooperate in building 
the great tower Babel, the tower grew larger and 
higher, but when they couW no longer help one an- 
other their success was ended. Just so with the 
Sunday schools of 1899. They will grow larger and 
higher as we increase cooperation. But stop this 
and success is impossible. We must work together. 
It is useless to work to no advantage, and to work 
alone is no advantage in the Sunda)' school. 

Dear reader, have you been working earnestly in 

Ihen you 
iing dema 

the Sunday schools of 
qualified to meet the 
Sunday schools of 1899. If you have 
working for the Master in the Sunday 
the old year is past, it is high time 
" Let us work, watch and/ra/." 
Salem, Va. 

are better 
ids of the 

not been 
schools of 

to begin. 


pressed is evident. And that she had a definite 
ject in view is equally evident. Whatever it was 
led up to the miracle of our lesson. The immediate 
purpose of doing the miracle seems to have been 
tor the disciples rather than for the guests of the 
feast. From the narrative it does not seem that it 
was generally known how the wine was made. It is 
said, however, " But the servants which drew the 
water knew." 

From this we may gather at least one lesson. 
Audit is this: Thosewho serve the Master know 
things that others do not. To serve is to learn and 
to know. Come and taste and see that the Lord is 
gracious. If the miracle was intended to strength- 
en and confirm the faith of the newly-called disci- 
ples, it was also a wonderful sermon and revelation 
to these servants. And to them it was a blessed 

d ti 

exactness or, as mui 
agreed upon by the 
each member. It is 
se they meet 

ces at thi 
done with reverence and 
as is practical, for the time 
hool is really an obligation tc 
promise to meet at that time 
all. Prompt and regul 

tendance is good evidence of devotion, and the lack 
of this shows up the other side. 

Every true and warm-hearted lover of God's truth 
and the souls that are to be saved through God's 
Word will not stay away from the Sunday school 
when he or she can go; but, feeling much interest in 
those unsaved ones and having much delight in the 
service of the Master, will delight in obeying the in- 
junction, "Go" and "teach." 

. No one in full sympathy with the work would go 
with no preparation. The teacher who loves his 
work and brings success to the school is found 
there on time with the lesson mastered so it can be 
imparted readily, " in season, out of season." 

It is not very pleasant or encouraging to the 


Sunday schools may be beneficial to the ch -jjH 
or they may be detrimental. This depends ^KJ 
how they are conducted. In order to make t.-Jli.,, 
beneficial the greatest care should be observed. 

Children are largely imitators. All they know 
they have obtained by observation. 

Little girls like to do as mother does. If they see 
a ring on mother's finger they want rings on their 
fingers. If they see mother wear a hat they too 
want to wear hats. 

The evidence is conclusive that it is our influence 
over our children that counts, not only in the fam- 
ily circle, but in the Sunday school as well. The 
best efforts should be put forth in order that our" 
schools may be a help in promoting the best inter- 
ests of the church. 

Oflficers and teachers should be models for the 
children. They should be members of the church. 
They should be sound in the faith, for as a rule we 
teach others what we ourselves believe. Their gen- 
eral appearance should be fully up to their profes- 
sion. Superfluities should not be seen upon their 
persons. They should put on the uniform adopted 
by Annual Meeting before they attempt to serve in 
those various departments. Loyalty to the church 
should be their only motto. 

The literature used in the schools should be with- 
out a blemish. Hardly any of the popular literature 
published in modern times on religious topics is 
altogether pure. Consequentl)', if helps are used, 
other than the Bible, they should be those pub- 
lished by our Brethren. Some may say that others 
are cheaper. This may be, for the price of litera- 
ture is largely governed by the quantity sold. If 
all our Sunday schools would use our Brethren's 
literature the tendency would be to lower the price. 
It is bad policy to buy a dangerous animal because 
it is cheap; better pay more for a safe one. " Strait 
is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth 
unto life; and few there be that find it." The litera- 
ture published to suit the few that are on the narrow 
way is rejected by the masses. 
Goods Mill. Va. 

" Not one Sunday-school teacher in ten is capa- 
ble of recognizing and understanding the main point 
or points of an ordinary Sunday-school lesson with- 
out the use of some lesson helps; and the one ex 
ceptional teacher who is thus qualified to get along 
without helps, if he has to, knows too much to try to 
do without them if he can have their aid." 



General Missionary 

...Tract Department. 

Enoch Eby, - Kansas I L. W. Teeter, Indiana 

D.L.Miller, lIIinoiH | S.F.Sanger, VirgioiB 

A. B. Baknuakt, Maryland. • 

high in Christ's kingdoi 

Does aoy one say, " There 15 nothing I can 
do? " Read the following: "A boy in ManitO' 
ba, 10 years of age, who has lost the use of his 
hands, but writes with his toes, earns money 
for missionary work by selling specimens of 
his writing at lo cents each. In this wa 
raised for missions during one year Si6o." 

Fifteen years ago the natives of New Guin- 
ea were cannibals. Recently a chapel was 
built which cost §1,250, and which was paid for 
entirely by themselves. For ten days they 
tertained 500 of their fellow-natives during the 
dedication services, rnanifestiiig true Chri 
hospitality. Truly the days of miracles 

If a man in India dislikes his wife he has th^ 
divine right of marrying as many women as hi 
likes, for the man is considered the incarnatioi 
of the god Vishnu, and that god had 6,00 
wives in this life. There are some high-casti 
people in India, the Pundita tells us who get s( 
high (?) as to marry 100 or 150 wivae at a time 
For many of them the memory proves ineffi 
cient, so that they are compelled to keep a vo 
luminous directory of their wives and children 

Not loog since a native Christian preachi 
in the heart of Africa, in pleading with his peo- 
ple to give of their lives and substance to God, 
said lo them: " Before we at Mengo learned lo 
give, we built a church and it was by no means 
filled, but when we learned to give and send 
out teachers, our school became full every Sun 
day." This church in Africa and every church 
on every continent will sooner or later find ii 
true, that "there is that scattereth and yet in 
creaseth." Have all the churches in America 
pondered this fact as did this church in Ugan 

There was a thousandfold more enthus 
in the Dark Ages lo wrest an empty sepulchre 
from the Saracens than there is in our day 
bring them the knowledge of a living Savi 
We are too often simply " playing at mission 
as far as Mohammedanism is concerned, for 
there are more mosques in Jerusalem thar 
there are missionaries in all Arabia; and mort 
millions of Moslems in China than the numbei 
of missionary societies that work for Moslem; 
in the whole world. Where Christ was born, 
Mohammed's name is called from min; 
five times daily, but where Mohammed 
born no Christias dares enter. 

Bishop Tugwell, of the.English Church Mi 
sion on the Niger, relates the following inc 
dent as illustrating the spirit of devotion shown 
by many of the native Christians of Africa; " A 
woman belonging to the household of King Ja 
Ja, and formerly one of the King's wives, wa< 
seen carrying mud with the other women tc 
prepare a foundation for a church which wa; 
about to be erected. Her heathen neighbor* 
scoffed at her, and cried, ' What, the wife of Ja 
Ja carrying mud! Even a slave of Ja Ja can- 
not do such mean work! ' ' It is true.' she said; 
; I was a wife of Ja Ja, and as such could not 
carry mud; but I have a new Master now, and 
I can carry mud for Jesi'S Christ! " 

A suggestion has been made that a mission- 
ary society might be organized in every home. 
Elect a president, secretary and treasurer. At 
least once a week, at family worship, read a 
missionary scriptural lesson, sing a missionary 
hymn, request a member of the family to read 
an article of interest concerning a home or 
eign field; study the map to get an idea as to 
extent of the field; take frequent collectii 
Such a service would be of great value. Qi 
tions could be asked, information imparted, and 
zeal quickened. A series of such services in 
the home would give the family broad views o( 
the purposes of.pur holy Christianity, and pre 
sent the highest ideals of character and living, 

Acts 5: i-ii. 



B the 1 

: possessions 

Which in love I gave to thee 
To redeem the lost and wretched 

Out of sin and misery? 
Wist thou not that souls are starving, 

Crying out in sin and pain, 
Whilst (hou spendest all my riches 

To fulfill thy yearnings vain? 
Wist thou not that m the highways 

Struggle many sad and lone? 
Wist thou not that in my hearing 

Many, many weep and groan, 
Toiling ' neath a cruel bondage 

Far from grace and liberty 
Whilst thou usestmy possessions 

Gaining earthly goods for thee? 
Wilt thou therefore still oppress them. 

Hoarding all my gold, O man ? 
Wilt thou still refuse to use it 

Doing all the good thou can? 
For my ears are filled with groanings 

And my heart is filled with pain 
Whilst thou wastest my possessions, 

Storing for thee earthly gain. 
Johnstovjn, Pa. 

work for women. At 10 A. M. and at 2 P. M. 
ive met with them to work, preparing mater- 
al for our sewing girls and nuiking bed 
:omforters. In return for their time the wom- 
:n received clothing and bedding. Quite an 
interest has been awakened and we expect to re- 
sume the work after the holidays. Giving them 
the opportunity to labor for the benefits given 
them, takes away the stigma that attaches it- 
self to pauperism. Besides they gather ideas 
that are helpful to them in many ways in home 
life. After the religious services on our regu- 
lar Mother's day, a lunch was given them. 
Each one, too, carried home some canned and 
dried fruit for a Christmas dinner. In all this 
minds were directed to our Heavenly Fa- 
ther through'whom all our blessings come. 
660 S. Ashland Ave,, Chicago. 


^It is now almost three weeks since our 
nual visit among the mountains of Pennsyl- 
vania. We scarcely realize how we are penned 
up by city walls and crowded streets 
we breathe the atmosphere of the free open 
country. On our visit we met many earne; 
workers in the cause of missions. We are, toi 
at the present time, receiving daily manifestn 
tions of the growth of the missionary sent 
raent among our churches and Sunday school: 
May God speed the day when the Gospel sha 
be preached "to every creature." 

—Little ones know best what little ones er 
joy. This was again verified by gifts from th 
Primary Department of the Mt. Morris Sunday 
school. How they have shared their Christ 
mas joys with theChicago children! Maylhesi 
little donors and all other children who havi 
been sending of their pennies, nickels am 
dimes for the Lord's work fully experience thi 
truth that " it is more blessed to give than ti 

— To-day, Monday, after Christmas, at k 
A. M., the girls and boys of our Industrial 
School assembled in the church. One hui 
dred and twenty-two were present. A numbi 
failed, for some reason, to appear. After song 
service, sister Forney followed with Scripturt 
reading and prayer. Sister Cripe then spokf 
to the children as to how they may make thei: 
homes happy and bright by being industrious 
and knowing how to sew. We then told then 
of the good sister through whose kindness they 
were thus called together, how she labors hard 
day after day, to supply her own needs and 
that she may have to give to others. Many of 
the same children had been made happy by 
her gifts last Christmas. This time each %\s\ 
that can sew, was given material for & wh 
apron, this to be made under our supervisic 
The quite little ones and the hoys each receiv 
a pretty handkerchief. Our giris are learni 
more and more to value time and to apprecia 
the opportunities triveu them, and we have t 
confidence that at least some of the trainii 
given them will be used to the glory of God. 

—Through the generosity of some kind 
heart our Sunday school was presented with 
one hundred copies of the New Testameni 
Scriptures, Psalms and Proverbs on Christma- 
day. This gift shows thoughtfulness on tht 
part of the donor. No other book could prove 
so practical just now as we enter upon the pres- 
ent quarter's Sunday-school lessons, on the 
New Testament. The Scriptures, with helps 
at home in preparing the lesson, and the Scrip- 
tures alone in recitmg and teaching would 
prove a good motto for every Sunday school. 

—Our Sunday School Christmas Exercises 
were called good. The church was well filled 
with parents and friends,— the largest assembly 
we have ever had. Many quotations of Scrip 
ture were given by the children. As they 
gave them so well, we thought. How beautiful 
and how wise to store the mind with the Wi 
of God! 

— During the past two weeks we have 
part realized our Ideal jt furnishing industrial 

leal i^ fu 



Our people are learning to give; and it 
source of much satisfaction to them. With 
some it is a question to know how legitimately 
to secure money for the purpose. It is not t 
large, spasmodic giving that counts, but 
regular systematic giving as the Lord prospi 
us. We should not despise the day of little 
things, for the earth is composed of small p; 
ticies. The little contributions from all 01 
our Brotherhood swell the mission fimds a; 
put our Mission Board in aliealthy, prosperous 

"How shall I secure the little amount 
may be the inquiry of many earnest brethi 
and sisters. We will let the report of so 
members who have been at work answer the 
quiry. One sister says; '" I planted part of my 
garden in turnips and consecrated them to th 
Lord. I have received Si-So for mission fundi 
and have plenty of turnips yet." 

Another sister says: " I invested a dime in ink 
powders. \ sold Ink and dedicated every cen 
to the Lord. I have §1.30 for the World-Widi 
Mission, and still have some ink for sale." 

A little twelve-year-old sister says: " 
bought a hen for ten cents. 1 set her 01 
fifteen eggs. She hatched fourteen chickens 
Some died. I sold the others for S1.37. Then 
I sold my hen for 20 cents. I have Sl.57 for 
the World-Wide Mission." 

A little seven-year-old unbaptlzed sister says: 
" 1 paid my dime for a hen. I set her on thir- 
teen eggs. She hatched eleven chickens, 
Three died, and I sold the eight for Si.oo, 
Then I sold my hen for 20 cents. I want my Si.- 
20 to go to the Brethren's Smyrna Orphanage." 

A fourteen-year-old brother says: "I invest- 
ed a dime In apples and sold them for fifteen 
cents. Then 1 bought twelve eggs and set a 
hen. She hatched ten chickens. Three died, 
one went blind and an opossum ate him, and I 
sold the other six for ninety cents. I agaii 
bought twelve eggs and set the same hen 
She hatched six. Three died, and I sold thi 
other three for forty-five cents. After paying 
ten tents for feed, I have $1.18 for the World- 
Wide Mission." 

And still another young brother says; "I in 
vested my dime in poultry and have Si.oo foi 
the Worid-Wide Mission." 

Some have a custom of depositing in a box foi 
mission purposes all the nickels or dimes tha' 
may chance tn fall into their hands through then 
business transactions. Others have a tithe box 
and place one-tenth of all the cash they 
ceive in that box for the Lord's use. Still 
others give one-tenth of their net income. 

Some may say, "Such procedure will do foi 
women and children, but it is too insignificant 
for men." Well, perhaps we had all better 
become more childlike, for I am sure God 
would get more glory, and no doubt more 

Hawthorn, Fla. 


In the summer of 'q6 our dear sister, Mary 
S. Gelger, offered to pay the rent of a building 
if our church would feel willing to operate 
mission in our city. This offer was accepted 
and immediate steps were taken to find a loca- 
tion for the work. • 

The nei-d for some one to give all his time tc 
building up the work was recognized. After 
much soliciting Bro. J. W. Cline, formerly of 
\'irginia, consented to undertake the task. In 
all city work it is absolutely necessary that one 
give his whole time and attention to the work. 

November 29, 1896, the Sunday school was 
started. In a year the school outgrew the 
quarters. In the fall of '97 the work was 
moved to a larger place. Again the school out- 

■ew the size of the room. 

Sister Geiger, having borne all the expenses 
of the mission from the beginning, seemg the 
need for larger accommodations and feeling 
It is the Lord's work, decided lo buy a lot 
and build a churchhnuse. During the past 
ner she had erected a substantial church 
building and a parsonage adjoining, and then 
generously deeded over the entire property, as 

free gift, to the trustees of the Philadelphia 
church, A splendid corner lot is still left for a 
larger building to meet future needs. This 

mmendable act of our dear sister is an unmis- 
takable evidence of her love for and her inter- 
est in the church of her choice. • 

le new church was dedicated the last Sun- 
day in November of the closed year, on which 
occasion Bro. M. G. Brumbaugh preached a 
very edifying discourse. A week later Bro. J. 
J. Shaffer began a series of meetings, which re- 
sulted in ten dear souls making application to 
be received into the church by baptism. 
These were baptiited last Sunday evening. 

The work of the new church, now called 
"Geiger Memorial," is In a very prosperous 
condition. The Simday school is constantly 
growing. The church services are well attend- 
ed. Bro. Cline, now laboring in the ministry, 
is quite successful in the vineyard of the Lord. 
May the work be prospered everywhere! 
Dec. 27, iSgS. 

Report -of Brooklyn Mission. 

General Misslou Doard f 6a oo 

Sister Kacliol Friok, per S. M. Friend. Canloo, 

Cnnlon S.S., pur S. M, Friend. Cnnlon, Ohio, . . 10 ?(> 

Kid, V. t:iisHel, Lnnadal<r. I'^ 2 oe 

SprliiB Kuii S, S,. McVaytowri, Pn.. per 0. M. Dun- 

mirc I 4S 

Clilcago, III., per Cora Cripc la 66 

\V. Oiler. VIrden, III., per Willie Mklialer 363 

Collection 1 75 

Total Iqi 62 

Fxpciiditurcn *93 5o 

Alice ], Buonq. 

The Helping Hand Society. 

The following is the Treasurer's report of 
the Helping Hand Society of the German Bap- 
tist Brethren church, of Washingtoi*» D. C, for 
November, 1898: 

Dnlancc on hand Nov. I, iM 155 92 

Indliin Creek S. S., Ma»wetl. Iowa, per G,E.. Gough- 

nour 4 S5 

LIz^leGarber. Mount Sidney. Va 100 

Vera Dage. Juniata, Nebr 100 

Total *<a 47 

Total expend! turt-B for tlic month Iio 6q 

Halanceon handDcc. I, 1898 (51 7') 

The amount credited lo Vera Dage should have been 
reported in September but was overloolced. 

M. C. Flohb. Treas. 
317 Ninth SI.. S. n.. Washinglon. D. C. 

Our Prayer Meeting. 

For IVeek Ending Jan. 31. 

. Men like Daniel, Shadrach and his breth- 
ren. Dan. g: 3,4; Deut. li: 25; Ex. 20:4. 5: 
Dan. 3:6, 7, 23, 25,28. 

. Men like Paul, i Cor. 12: 3; 2: 2, 13. 

. Bible students like the Bereans. Acts 17: 
10, 12: Deut. 29: 2q; John 16: 13; Matt. 4: 

. Young men like Timothy. 2 Tim. 1 : 2-6. 
, Voung women like Ruth. Ruth i; 16, 17; 

2: 11, 12; I John 3: 14; Ps. 101: 1-4. 
, Older women like the Shunammite. 2 

Kings 4: 8. 13; Til. 2: 5; I Tim. 5: g, M- 
, Fathers like Abraham. Gen. 19: 19; Prov. 

. Brethren like Aaron and Hur. Ex. 17: 9- 

i2:2Thess.3: 1,2. 
. Sisters like Mary and Martha. Luke 10: 

38, 39: John 12:2; Mall. 25: 37-40- 
, Wives. Prov. 31: 10-31. 
, Mothers like Hannah, r Sam. i: ro, 11, 

, Maidens. 3 Kings 5: 1-4. ij- 
. Servants of Christ like Barnabas. Acts 1 1 : 

22-26: 9: 27: Gal. 6: 2; i Thess. 5: 14. 

THE gosi'eij aycBssEosraEie,. 

Jan. 7. 18 

The Gospel Messenger, 


Brethren Publishing House, 

The General Missionary and Tract Committee, 

J 1. 50 per Annum in Advance. 

c Brethren Publishing t 

, Morris, ill., and f 

Bro. Jacob Holderman should be addressed at 
Lost Springs, Kans,, instead of Acton, Ala. 

Bro. J. W. Wayland, Jr., held a Bible term in 
the Sangerville church, Va-., during the holidaj-s. 

The name of Bro. R, A. Nedrow, Jones Mills, 
Pa., should be in tiie Ministerial List in the A/f/imiac. 

The Ministerial Meeting of the Eastern Dis- 
trict of Maryland was held at Frederick City Dec. 27. 

A TEN-DAV Bible term, beginning Jan. 13, will bi 
:!d in the Morrill church, Kans., by Bro. C. E. Ar 

Sl-\ were lately received into the Walnut church, 
Argos, Ind., by baptism. Bro. Samuel Leckrone 
held a series of meetings for the Brethren there. 

Our readers should be especially well pleased 
with the reading matter in the Messenger". Our 
contributors are giving them some excellent arti- 

Bro. Jacob VVitmore began meetings in the Col- 
lege Chapel at this place last Sunday evening. The 
attendance at and the interest in the meetings are 

Eive have been added to the Markleysburg 
church, Pa., by baptism, the result of a series of 
meetings held at the Bethel house by Bro. Joseph 

Twelve were received into the Crimora church, 
Va., by baptism and four were reclaimed. This is 
the result of a series of meetings c6nducted by Bro. 
J. M. Cline. 

Four were added to the church by baptism and 
two reclaimed at the VVelton schoolhouse, Burling- 
ton, W. Va. Bro. Jonas Fike held a short series of 
meetings there. 

Five were received into the church by baptism 
and five were reclaimed in the Sangerville church, 
Va., lately. Bro. Jacob Garber closed a series of 
meetings there Dec. 25. 

Two weeks ago we asked for a few copies of the 
■yomi^ Disciple No. 47, 1898. We made a mistake, 
for it was No. 46 that we wanted. We shall be very 
glad to receive seviral copies of that number. 

Writing of the meetings held in Lanark during 
their Bible term Bro. J. S. Snively said: " Meetings 
such as Lanark never had before are being enjoyed 
by big crowds day and night." Bro. J. G. Royer 
conducted the Bible term. 

Fourteen in the Big Swatara church, Hanover 
Dale meetinghouse, have come out on the Lord's 
side. The meetings were still in progress at the 
time the report was sent us. Bro. S.'S. Beaver 
was doing the preaching. The meetings were to 
close Dec 27, but on account of the great interest 
manifested were continued. 

Writing from Bells, Tenn., under date of Dec. 30 
Bro. Jesse Stutsman says: " Through the well di- 
rected knife in the hands of skillful surgeons the 
operation for appendicitis was successfully per- 
formed on my son Dec. 9. Under God's providence 
he has seemingly been snatched out of the very jaws 
of death and is now on a fair way for recovery." 

Seven were received into the church at Hoges- 
town. Pa., recently by baptism. Bro. Reuben 
.Shroyer preached for the Brethren. 

We are receiving manj' encouraging words con- 
cerning the Tcaclicrs' Quarterly. Sunday-school 
workers will find it a great help to them in their 
work. It should be in the hands of ever>' Sunday- 
school teacher in the Brotherhood. 

The members of the Franklin Grove church. III. 
are to be commended. Recently they sent in forty- 
two names for the Messenger and sent money to 
pa)' for them. In addition they sent Si 2.40 for the 
Messenger Poor Fund. If more of our congr 
tions would see to getting the church paper into all 
the families that should have it much more good 
would be done. The paper is a good missionary 
and should be placed in many families where there 
are no members. 

The District Mission Board for Northern Illi- 
nois met at Mt. Morris last Monday, Jan. 2. They 
are active missionary workers and are doing all they 
can to occupy the territory of the District for the 
Master. They are opening up new places for 
preaching and are putting more men in the field. 
We need more such active mission boards, and we 
are pleased to note that we are getting them. It is 
not right to have all around us places in which our 
ministers have never preached. 

Bro. J. H. Moore returned from his trip through 
Europe and the Bible Lands Dec. 30. During the 
latter part of the trip he did not enjoy the best of 
health and so did not come home feeling as well as 
we hoped he would. We are very glad, and we are 
sure the readers of the Messenger will be glad to 
have him at his old place in the editorial chair. He 
will resume his work on the Messenger ne.Nt week. 
We take this opportunity to thank the readers of 
our paper for their patience and forbearance during 
his absence. 

Interesting memorial services were held in the 
Germantown church. Pa., the week before Christ- 
jnas. Some of our readers will remember, and all 
of them ought to, that the first Brethren church in 
America was organized at Germantown on Christ- 
mas day, 1723. The exercises mentioned above 
were in commemoration of the one hundred and 
seventy-fifth anniversary of the organization of the 
church. On the day when the church was organized 
the Brethren held their first love feast and gathered 
the first fruits of the church in America. It is a 
source of pleasure to the Brotherhood that, largely 
through the efforts of Bro. G. N. Falkeastein, the 
work has been revived there and a new church 
built. It would be sad indeed if the work had been 
allowed to die out in the very place which saw its 
birth on this continent. The congregations all over 
the country rejoice in the prosperity of the mother 

At the beginning of the year the Messenger ex- 
tends to all its readers a warm Christian greeting. 
They have become a great compan\-, in one sense a 
family, and the principles for Avhich the paper 
stands are what binds the family together. The 
past year has been a successful one for us, and we 
feel that the success has not been altogether unde- 
served, for we are sure that editors and contributors 
have done what they could to furnish reading mat- 
ter that would be interesting and at the same time 
of a character that would lead in the narrow way. 
The outlook is bright for the year 1899. We expect 
to have more readers than ever before, and we shall 
do our best to make the Messenger better than it 
was during 1898. We hope it will be the means of 
bringing light and truth to all who read its pages. 
Our church paper ought to" go into every family 
where there are members, for it is impassible to' 
keep in. touch with the work of the church without 
reading it. There is every reason for encourage- 
ment, for the prospects for us as a church are 
brighter than they ever were before. Let us thank 
God for it, take courage, and press forward earnest- 
ly in the work. . 

In April, I8g6, a church was organized at Carring- 
ton, N. Dak., with seventeen members. Now there 
are more than one hundred and fifty members. 
They have six meeting points and during the sum- 
mer have five Sund.iy schools. This shows that the 
Brethren who have moved to the Northwest have 
not been and ale not idle. They have an immense 
field before them, and we are glad to know that they 
are doing all they can to occupy it for the Lord. 



forced by 
before we 

One of the hardest lessons we have to learn 
life, and yet one of the most necessai)-, is that \ 
cannot always have our desires carried out. Som 
times we set our hearts on something and think 1 
cannot give it up, and yet it turns out that we mu: 
It is not easy to yield, especially when x^e think we 
are in the right and that our way w< 
better than the one which we have 
circumstances to take. 

Sometimes we must wait a long 
can see that we were mistaken. Sometimes we do 
not see this when we might. But if we really de- 
sire the best thing to be done we shall always be 
read)' to see reasons why the other way was better 
than ours. We can look back now and see where 
our way, if we could h.ave had it, would have meant 
ruin and de.ith. And yet at the time we thought it 
was the only right way. It was the way that we 
thought would do us and the cause we had at heart 
the most good. So little do we know of the future 
and what changes it will bring. 

There are different ways of submitting when we 
find that things are not going our way. Some per- 
sons find it next to impossible to acknowledge that 
any way but their own is right. And this because 
their hearts were set on doing their own will instead 
of God's will. Our wills are very good and very 
necessary things; but they may lead us to do what 
is neither good nor necessary. But there are per- 
sons who submit cheerfully when it is necessary. 
And they are by no means weak persons. 

Not all are strong who think they are strong and 
not all are weak who are thought to be weak. The 
hild or the man who always insists on having his 
wn way is very weak. To be strong enough to 
yield, even when we are not compelled to, shows 
that we have something of the nature of our Master, 
was strong enough to submit to the will of the 

Father, even whe 
agony to himself. 
And it is his sp 
ables us to say 
but thine be done 
without having 1 

pense of 
able workm 

that subn 

-it that 

1 meant most c 

need, the spirit that 

1 all our heart, " Not my will, 

Without the ability to submit, 

g learned obedience, though at the 

ffering, we never can become profit- 

for the Lord. He wants those and 

best use those who ask him what to do and how 

to do it. It is not for man to lay down conditions 

n he comes to the Lord. It is all right to like 

to do a certain thing in a certain way, for we cannot 

but think of our work and the way in which we 

hould like to do it. But we must be very careful 

not to think that there is but one thing for us to do 

nd only one way in which to do it. The thing we 

ant to do may be the very thing we must not do, 

!id the way in which we want to do even a thing 

liich is in itself all right may be entirely wrong. 

The only wise course is to learn to do what God 

wants us to do in the way and at the time he wants 

to do it. G. M. 


The DonnfeU's Creek church, Ohio, knows the 
value of having all the members of the congregation 
read the Messenger. In the first, place they have 
appointed alive, active agent whose convictions are 
that every one should read the Messenger. He 
es a thorough canvass of the congregation and 
res all the subscriptions he can "at the regular 

Jan. 7, i8 


price. Tiien in some way, we do not know how, the 
church makes up a fund and donates the paper to all 
those not able to take it regularly.. This year S55.OO 
was raised for that purpose. 

While thinking of the above we are impressed 
with the benefits that would come to every congre- 
gation if all would do a similar thing. Some of the 
more prominent benefits are these: 

1. A unifying of the body. Eating the same spir- 
itual food and drink-ing from the same spiritual foun- 
tain will produce oneness of thought and desire. 

2. A more general sympathy and interest in 
support of the work of the church generally. Her 
field is large, her work important, and the reason .so 
many are not interested is because they do not 

3. A new life would be awak-ened in the congre- 
gation. A certain brother was trying to hold meet- 
ings in a certain ccmgregation, and work up some 
missionary spirit for souls in that congregation as 
well as all over the world. After a week's effort he 
wrote to the office saying he could not find the 
Messenger in this congregation, and the congrega- 
tion was not in touch and sympathy with the church 
at all. He said further that the Messenger will 
have to do its silent work before much ma)- be ac- 

There is another phase of this question worthy 
of notice. There are poor members, many of them 
living isolated from the church, who have no preach- 
ing privileges, and who are not able to subscribe for 
the paper. To supplj- these the Messenger Poor 
Fund has been established. But so far that fund 
has not been ample for the calls made. The office 
does not send the paper without proper evidence 
from this fund, but it is hard to refuse some worthy 
calls because no funds are on hands. The contribu- 
tions to the Messenger Poor Fund have been quite 
liberal the past month, but much more is needed to 
meet these calls. The thanks of many would go up 
to the throne of grace if a more liberal support was 
'given to this fund. Why not many more do as a 
number have done this winter when renewing their 
subscription, — enclose twenty-five or fifty cents or 
one dollar for the Messenger to be sent to some 
one who is not able to get it himself? 

Number Seventeen. 

On the afternoon of Nov. 28 our party, consisting 
of Kro. Miller and wife. Sister Oiler, Bro. Roop, Mr. 
Metsker, and the writer, passed through the streets of 
Jaffa, to the seashore, not far from the house of Si- 
mon the tanner, stepped into a small boat and were 
rowed out to the ship resting at anchor. All travel- 
ers dread the landing or embarkation, at Jaffa, as 
here is the worst and most dangerous harbor on the 
Mediterranean coast. Vessels' cannot approach the 
shore, but must anchor out some distance, while all 
passengers and cargo have to be carried to and from 
the town in small boats. When the sea is very 
rough, as it often is, the steamers do not attempt to 
land or take on passengers, but pass' on, leaving 
those on board to return by the next ship. Fortu- 
nately we found the sea quite smooth, more so than 
'usual, and therefore had a very pleasant embark- 
[ation. We might pause here to narrate some of 
hhe Bible incidents associated with this, one of the 
{most ancient seaports in the world, but our readers 
readily recalUvhat is said of the landing of the 
Icedars sent from Lebanon for Solomon's temple, the 
Fe.\perience of Jonah, who took ship at this place 
'■for Tarshish, Spain, the lodging of Peter at the 
house of Simon the tanner, by the seashore, of the 
vision he had on the roof of Simon's house, etc. 
The old part of the city is located upon a hill- of 
considerable elevation, and extends down the steep 
slope until the seashore is reached, and viewing the 
place from our ship the houses seem to rest one up- 
on the other, so as to form steps in a succession of 
receding shelves from the seashore to the summit 

of the hill. Jaffa, however, is growing, and the new 
parts of the city, both north, south and east of the 
old city, give the place quite an imposing as well as 
a pleasing appearance. With a good harbor,— and 
this could be had with a little effort,— the port 
would become one of great importance. But under 
the present Turkish administration nothing is likely 
to be done in this direction. 

It was late in the evening when we sailed away, 
upon a sea almost as smooth as glass, and the next 
morning landed at Port Said, Egypt, at the mouth 
of the Suez Canal. Here we took the cars for Cai- 
ro, and our route for some distance lay along the 
western bank of the canal, with water and some- 
times desert to the right, and desert to the left or 
east, as far as the eye could reach. Our course was 
to the south until Ismailia was reached. We then 
bore off to the west, and soon entered the fertile, 
evergreen and picturesque land of Goshen, a part 
of the famous valley of the Nile. It was in the land 
of Goshen that the Hebrews lived and prospered in 
the early part of their history in Egypt. In .some 
respects it is the most delightful region that we have 
ever seen. The country is almost perfectly level as 
far as the eye can see, is in a high state of cultiva- 
tion and contains just enough of trees in clusters 
and along the roads to i-ender the scene most pleas- 
ing to the eye. Among; the trees there is nothing 
that sets off the picture more than the stately palm. 
As our train passed through this favored land we 
wondered how the children of Israel could help fall- 
ing in love with a region so beautiful and produc- 
tive. The whole land seems almost like a well-kept 
garden. We finally reached the city of Cairo, on 
the eastern bank of the Nile, and secured good ac- 
commodations in one of the hotels. 

In Egypt there are many places of importance 
that well deserve the attention of both the Bible stu- 
dent and the historian, but as our time was limited 
we had to confine our observation to a few of these 
places only. One day was devoted to the large 
pyramids, situated on an elevation several miles to 
the southwest of Cairo and just beyond the western 
border of the Nile valley. The place selected for 
these pyramids, we should judge to be fully three 
hundred feet above the valley. It is not only on the 
edge of the great desert that stretches away to the 
west, but is a part of the desert itself. Of these pyr- 
amids there are a number, but only two of them at- 
tract special attention on account of their immense 
size. The larger one covers thirteen acres of ground 
and is 483 feet high. In order to erect this immense 
structure the top of a great rock elevation was hewn 
level until a platform embracing thirteen acres was 
made. This space- was covered with a la)-er of large, 
hewn stone; then upon this was placed another 
layer, set in about eighteen inches. And thus one 
layer was placed upon another until the enormous 
structure was brought to a point and finished, nearly 
five hundred feet above the platform. It is probably 
the most gigantic piece of workmanship in the 
world, and shows what wonderful builders these an- 
cient people were. The stones were taken from a 
quarry near the present city of Cairo, and transport- 
ed across the river Nile, and then across the Nile 
valley to the hill on which the pyramid stands. The 
finishing stones, however, were brought from far up 
the Nile. 

This pyramid was erected nearly, if not fully, four 
thousand years before Christ. It stood here long 
before the time of Abraham. Empires and king- 
doms rose and fell. Egypt passed first under one 
power, then another. The earth has been swept by 
wars, calamities and pestilence, and changes have 
been going on constantly, but this old pyramid has 
stood through them all, defying even the ravages of 
time. What a wonderful history it could write had 
it the power of mind and pen. To the top we 
climbed and spent an hour or more reviewing its 
mysterious and wonderful history, looking down up- 
on the plain and ruins of cities and structures over 
which it has silently watched for nearly six millen- 
niums. It was inspiring to stand there and just 
think and think. We might entertain the readers I 

of the Messenger for hours telling of other pyra- 
mids on this same lofty elevation, telling them of 
the great old Sphinx that has watched over the val- 
ley of the Nile from a period dating from beyond 
the dawn of history, telling of immense granite tern-, 
pies that have for thousands of years lain buried 
beneath the restless sands of the desert, and of the 
hundreds of costly tombs that once contained all 
that was mortal of the great minds and forces of 
Egypt. Then we could tell of our visit to the site 
of the ancient city of On, where Joseph married his 
wife, to the petrified forests and other places of in- 
terest, but we hasten on with our article as with our 

Dec. 6 was the day set for our departure from the 
delightful land of Egypt, and for our separation 
from Bro. Miller and wife and Sister Oiler. They 
were to sail the next day for India. We had trav- 
eled long and pleasantly together, and exceedingly 
regretted to part company with them. But before 
leaving we gathered in Bro. Miller's room and 
prayed for one another, an^ thus committed our- 
selves into the hands of the Lord for direction and 
safe keeping. On this entire trip Bro. Miller and 
wife had proved a great help to us. In fact we 
hardly know how we could have made the trip, in 
the manner we did, without them. They are not 
only familiar with the country, but fully understand 
the art of traveling in the Eastern lands. Bro. Mil- 
ler is a kind of a walking encyclopedia and guide- 
book of the Bible Lands, and his aid is of great val- 
ue in many ways. We all greatly appreciated his 
assistance. While at Jaffa Bro. Roop had taken 
sick, and at Cairo it was deemed projler to call a 
physician. But before doing so he requested the 
anointing, and oi>e evening we stood by his bedside 
and applied the oil and called upon the name of the 
Lord as directed by James. It was a solemn little 
service, in a strange land and far away from his 
home and kindred, but we felt that the Lord was 
there. He was sick during our stay in Egypt, but 
improved sufficiently to travel, and so we took him 
with us to Alexandria, where we embarked on an 
Italian ship for Naples. During this voj-age we 
sailed near Crete, also past Sicily, where Paul in his 
time did some preaching, and reached the bay of 
Naples the third day. Bro. Roop's sickness 
aroused the suspicion of the Board of Health at Na- 
ples, and they, fearing that he might have some 
contagious disease, ordered our ship into quarantine, 
permitting no one to go ashore, or have any com- 
munication with the shore. To us, as well as all the 
other passengers, this was a new experience, and by 
no means a very pleasant one. There was no occa- 
sion for it, as Bro. Roop was slowly improving. But 
so it is when men are endowed with more caution 

On Sunday morning, two days after reaching the 
bay, the quarantine was raised, and all parties were 
permitted to go on their way rejoicing. We placed 
Bro. Roop in a good International Hospital, where 
he received proper treatment, but when the time 
came for us to sail, Dec. 16, his physician did not 
judge him well enough to travel, and so advised 
him to wait until the next steamer, Dec. 30. Mr. 
Metsker remained with him to render any assistance 
that he might need. This left us to make the voy- 
age home alone. We sailed on the vessel Aller, a . 
very fine ship. The trip occupied twelve days, and 
aside from rough seas was uneventful, save that we 
called at one of the islands of the Azores, where we 
were permitted to spend a few hours op shore. Of 
this visit we may say something at another time. 
We reached Chicago on the morning of Dec. 30, 
where our good wife was waiting for us, and then 
home late that evening, thanking the Lord for his 
kind care over us during the long journey, and for 
his care over the dear ones at home. But now the 
journey is ended, and so this series of articles will 
e. We might have written more, and might 
continue them, but do not wish to weary the pa- 
tience of our readers. Inside of a few days we shall 
be at our desk in the Messenger office, and trust 
that the Lord will direct us in doing more and bet- 
ter work for his cause than ever before. j. H. M. 


Jan. 7, 1899. 


OAs the I 


stry is being more and more 
nized among the callings of life, the question 
its use is taking hold upon the minds of thi 
pie. Do we need a ministry such as we have^'' If 
so, what are its uses? Almost from the beginning 
of time there were among men, leaders to adminis- 
ter and direct. And there wore always those who 
needed some one to whom they could go for ad- 
vice and help. And while these leaders were not, 
in the beginning, appointed of God, yet he recog- 
nized the need in the ages that followed the begin- 
ning, and had them supplied as such need was felt; 
at first, heads of families, clans and communities; 
after this followed the patriarchs, priests, judges 
and kings. 

Moses, in a very special way, was called of God 
to be a leader of his people and a mediator or mid- 
dle-man between God and his creatures. Through 
him the Lord revealed and communicated his will 
and purposes to his people. This was God's way of 
doing. Just why he did it in this way we do 
not know, neither is it necessary that we should. 
And yet from it we can, at least, see why he might 
deal with his people in this waj'. In the first place 
it gives encouragement for the development of the 
possibilities which we all have to a greater or less 
degree. Men thus chosen were always of a good 
character and executive ability. They became so 
because they utilized their possibilities. And as we 
all have these possibilities, and see the kind of men 
God wants as leaders, the natural incentive should 
be for all of us to strive for and reach out after the 
best things. This is what the Lord wants us to do. 
And as all do not and will not come up to this 
standard naturally, it is needful that there be those 
who can lead, direct and help those who need help, 
that they may make efforts that they would not 
otherwise do. 

Another reason may be that the body may take 
symmetrical form. While the body is made up of 
many members, it must have a head as well as 
hands and feet. And the Lord has so ordained that I 
the ministration to the body comes largely through 
the head. But as Moses was a leader and mediator 
to Israel, so Christ has become our leader and Me- 
diator. And if so, can there be a middle-man be- 
tween us and our God, outside of our daysman, 
Christ Jesus? 

It is sometimes said that as Moses was the medi- 
ator for the Israelites, so the minister stands in the 
Christian church. This is a mistake, as we have 
only one Mediator, and that is Christ Jesus. He is 
our great High Priest, and through him every man 
and woman may have access to the Father. 
Through him comes our salvation and all the at- 
tending blessings. He knows us and we may know 
him. Because he suffered in the flesh as we may 
suffer, he can be touched with the feelings of our in- 

God through CJirist as a personal Mediator, yet be- 
cause of sin and our rebellious nature many will 
not place themselves in a relation to God that will 
make it possible to go to Christ as the Mediator. 
To get ourselves into this relation, it seems we 
all need help. These helps the Lord has provided, 
and among them is the ministry. And the first 
thing Christ did, on entering his public ministry 
was to call to himself chosen men that he might 
prepare them for this work. And as they were pre- 
pared he sent them out that even while he was 
yet with them they might get some practical knowl- 
edge of the work in connection with the theory. 
And before he took his departure from them he 
gave the final charge and commissioned them to go 
and preach the Gospel to every creature. Through 
this teaching those who would accept it would re- 
ceive the new birth, which would bring them into a 
new relation and enable them to go directly to God 
through Christ their Mediator. 

They were to preach to and teach all, so as to get 
them to come into this saving relationship, sons and 
daughters of God and joint heirs with the Lord Je- 
sus Christ. These called of Christ called others; 
and the calling has been continued down through 
the ages, so that not only those who lived in -that 
age might be brought into this glorious relation, but 
that all men in all ages might enjoy the same privi- 
leges and benefits. 

Not only is the ministry needed to help men into 
this new relation, but to help them remain there and 
grow there until they become men and women of 
full stature. And this oftentimes seems to be quite 
as hard work as to get them in. The ultimate ob- 
ject of all this work is the salvation of the soul — 
the crown of life. And as this is not given in the 
beginning, nor yet in the middle of the race, but at 
the end, the great desire on the part of God was to 
keep men and women faithful until death. Be thou 
faithful unto the end, and thou shalt receive the 
crown. And to this end the work of the ministry is 
a powerful factor. h. b. b. 

We have a 
er as critic 

and not i 

" Why 
I of the 

ny who 

to hear what those outside of- 
linst our brethren and sisters, 
all the sisters wear the bonnet 
thren dress in order? " There 
lling to follow the Gospel 
o have 
h pray 

le of your 
when small, 

and becaus 
to bear with our weaknesses, an 
readily forgive us. To man th 
never been delegated, no matte 
claims and pretensions may be. 

he knows how 

can the more 

se powers have 

how great his 

vail of the 


temple has been so completely rent that the Holy 
of holies has been made accessible to all, whether 
great or small, rich or poor. The throne of grace 
IS not only made approachable through the death 
of Christ, but we are invited to come boldly; just as 
an innocent child, in time of need, would come to a 
loving father. No on. has been delegated or au- 
thorized to stand between us and Christ Jesus, our 

You may ask, then. If every man is made his own 
high priest, where is the need of the ministry? 
The fact that we, as individuals, have no need of 
men as mediators does not destroy the idea that we 
need leaders, directors and helpers. While it is 
possible for all men and women to go d: 



.utide there shall t 



I bore it, the shameful effects 
Of malice, the basest and worst. 

Injustice and tyraimy weighted me down 
I felt like a thing accurst. 

And never, methought in my lone despa 
Would the bands of my bondage burst 

plan, yet they are ready to criticise thos. 
" vowed but do not perform." Let us 
more, love more and work more, then th 
be so many deserved criticisms. 

Some people ask: " Why is it that so 
people dress their children so very plain 
but when they are old enough to d 
they are fashionable and often join other churches? " 
Perhaps the reason is that the child is forced in- 
stead of trained. To be made to wear plain clothes, 
without being taught the beauty or necessity of it, 
is useless. A child that is forced to do right will 
plan to do differently when older. 

Many parents are in sorrow because their chil- 
dren are so indifferent, when really they have been 
driven away from the church on account of stren- 
uousness. We should not go to extremes either 
way. It is all right to teach children to take care 
of and appreciate new clothes; but some before they 
can talk are' taught to show their new dresses, etc., 
and told that they look pretty. 

We often hear people say: " I cannot help it that 
I am proud, for it is born in me." Yes, and many 
sins are not born in are trained in the chil- 
dren while young and innocent. 

No doubt I will be censured, for "old maids" are 
not supposed to know anything about raising chil- 
dren. We that get into over a dozen homes in a 
day, or teach a class with several families represent- 
ed, cannot help learning too. When we try to 
teach children what conduct pleases God it is appall- 
ing to see how the wrong teachings of father and 
mother cling to them. Were the young more im- 
pressed with the responsibilities of married life, 
there would be fewer divorces and more happy 

Let us learn all we can and aim high, whether v/e. 
attain to it or not. 
205 B St. N. E. IVas/iwgtmi, D. C. 



nee I was trusted, and honored 


nth distrust and with scorn; 

Thus pro 

udly I built me a wall of reser\ 

And I 

was alone, forlorn; 

Yet have I not suffered unjustly in vain. 

For at last, methinks, dawneth the morn. 
And whispering falseness above I shall rise. 

And wrong shall be righted at last. 
And the lone despair and unmerited shame 

That over my life are cast 
Shall vanish, for now 1 am strengthened indeed 

By His love which holdeth me fast. 

— Alice Ander 


In Messenger No. 45 Bro. J. 
some of the hindrances that ari 
cerning this subject. We hear th( 
frequently, and it is surprising what poor 
some bring up in favor of fashions. A Pi 
lady called to see me, and while talking, 
clcs of her clothing seemed to worry her. 
"Our church does not have a form of di 
have not yet decided where to draw the li 

I told her a good way would be to do away with 

everything that is not necessary. Were this rule 

carried out in our church how much more power we 

should have, and many a dollar would be saved that 

tly to is now spent foolishly. 

Koller hints at 
in homes con- 
bject discussed 


and I 

" And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe 
'apped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."— Luke 2: 12. 
Lowliness was the characteristic by which they 
should know the Lord when they had found him. 
The Son of the living God willingly left his home in 
heaven and came down into this sinful world to rec- 
oncile man to God. The living Word, who existed 
in the beginning and who refers to the glory he had 
with the Father before the world was made, was 
born in a stable and found by the shepherds cra- 
dled in a manger. He took upon himself humanity 
in its lowliest form, that of a servant; he was born of 
a woman; he received nourishment from a mother's 
breast; he was the son of a mother who was too poor 
to offer the usual sacrifice when she brought him to 
Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. He had 
needs and desires, was subject to hunger and thirst, 
had sensations of pain and pleasure, " was in all 
points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." 
The lowly event, though unnoticed by the great 
ones of earth, caused song and praise from the host 
of heaven. In this Babe the passer-by saw only the 
child of poverty, and no doubt pitied his lot. 
" Though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became 
poor; that we through his poverty might be rich." 

The name of C-esar Augustus, who called Joseph 
and Mary to Bethlehem at this time, is known to 
most people to-da}' only through the history of this 
Infant's life. While the names of great men grow 
dimmer and dimmer, the name of the lowly Jesus 
shall shine out brighter and brighter, until at the 

le of Jesus every knee shall bow 
ibled himself God exalted him. 
that exalteth himself shall be abased: 
humbleth himself shall be exalted." 

The true character of Jesus was broi 
the sirfrounding circumstances. His sy 

Because he 
" Every one 
and he that 

ught out by 
mpathy and 

Jan. 7, IS 


love were made manifest to us by his lowly birth, 
life and death. He understood the hardships of 
the human family from actual experience. He was 

" a man of sorrows 
was betrayed, he w 
a crown of thorns 
was mocked, he w 
before him, he wa 
He came into this 

and acquainted with grief." He 
as condemned, he was scourged, 
was pressed upon his head, he 
as spit upon, a thief was preferred 
s crucified between two thieves, 
world to seek and to save that 

which was lost; he lived a life of self-denial, labor- 
ing wholly in the interests of others. He suffered, 
bled, and died, " that he might redeem us from all 
iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, 
zealous of good works." 

The disposition of self-exaltation and vain-glory 
has been in man f]'om the earliest ages. " God for- 
bid that I should glory, save in the cross of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified 
unto me, and I unto the world." The birth, life and 
death of our Savior are a rebuke to every form of 
pride to which man is inclined. The disciples de- 
sired to know who would be the greatest in the 
kingdom of heaven; Jesus said, " Except ye be con- 
verted, and become as little children, ye shall not 
enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever there 
fore shall humble himself as this little child, the 
same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." 
" Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am 
meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto 

After sewing, a short literary program is ren- 
ered. One of the children acts as secretary and 
2ads the minutes and calls .the roll, to which each 
child responds by reciting a Scripture verse. The 
rest of the time is consumed by singing, little talks, 
or in other various ways. We aim to have some- 
thing different each week, and always something in 
which the children may take the leading part. One 
week the President asked that each child would, 
during the following week, do some special work for 
Jesus and tell what he did at the next meeting. 1 
wish I could tell )-ou just what energy was put forth 
that week by each little individual to do some work 
for the Master. I have no doubt but that their 
minds were daily filled with the thought of doing 
something, and it taught a beautiful lesson to those 
older ones who listened to their stories of good 
deeds, kind words and loving acts. 

I hope that all who read this will feel the impor- 
tance of giving the children work. Could you visit 
our mission band just once, you would not leave 
without being impressed with the amount of energy 
the children put forth " to work with their might 
what their hands find to do." 

Hagersiown, Md. 


Christmas, the day when we celebrate the birth of 
the Savior of the world, is just past; let us consider 
anew this Gift of gifts which God gave for us, and 
give ourselves fully to his service; then we can be 
partakers of that lowliness of mind that character- 
ized the life of Jesus while here on the earth, and can 
/aiticipate sharing his glory in the world to come. 
'^Lanark. III. _^_^^_^___ 



The Sisters' Missionary Circle of our church has 
in the past year made two hundred and fifty-one 
bonnets, forty-one aprons, thirteen quilts and ten 
comforts. The benefits derived from this work 
amounted to S46.50; the free-will offerings and col- 
lections to S12.00; amount in treasury from 1897, 
S38.47; making a total of S97.02. 

Out of this fund we clothed poor children, helped 
all families in need, and supported all kinds of 
home mission work, to the amount of, $33.43- A 
very great part of our indebtedness on our new 
church we have helped to pay, and towards the ex- 
penses of our first love feast held here we contribut- 
ed $11.29. 

Owing to the needs of our church and the great 
amount"of charity work here, the Circle has not 
been able to do much foreign work; but we hope, as 
our church increases and gives us more workers, to 
do more work. 

Our children are also at work, and I feel like giv- 
ing an account of what they are doing, thinking per- 
haps it may influence some one else to form some 
organization in wh'ich the children can work. Feel- 
ing the great need of giving children work, and 
thinking that perhaps we might be able to instill in 
their minds a missionary spirit, Oct. 15 we organ- 
ised what we now call our " Children's Mission Band 
and Sewing Circle." They meet every Saturday 
afternoon in the infant room and library of our 
church. After the meeting is opened with repeat- 
ing a Psalm and the Lord's Prayer, they spend an 

We began with twelve little girls, but that num- 
ber has now increased to thirty-nine, and of this 
number nine are boys, whom we find just as ener- 
getic as the girls, and who learn to sew just as rap- 
idly. The smallest children sew carpet rags, but 
others hem towels, handkerchiefs, aprons and a 
number of other little things. The articles they 
make they may keep themselves, give to poor chil- 
dren, or sell, and we find that all seem most eager to 
sell that they may put money in the treasury, which 
is to go to foreign missions. . 



It was the last night of the old year. Snow cov- 
ered hill and vale, and the merry sleighbells and 
the hurrying to and fro on the streets made up a 
cheerful picture outside; but in one home in partic- 
ular a mother was seated sad and lonel)'. 

Mrs. Prescott Was a widow and Harry was her on- 
ly child. Ten months previous her husband called 
Harry to his bedside and said to him, " I am going 
to leave you soon and my parting retiuest is, Stay 
with your mother and cheer her lonely hours. Will 
you promise me to do this, Harry? " "Yes, papa, 1 
will care for mother, only trust me," and after bid- 
ding wife and child an affectionate farewell he 
passed away. 

For awhile Harry remembered his promise and 
every evening gathered around the cheerful lamp, 
and the grief and sorrow the mother felt was soothed 
by the kind thoughtfulness of her son. But human 
nature is weak at best, and some of the young peo- 
ple spoke to him about being tied to his mother's 
apron strings, and this Harry could not stand. By 
and by he came to the conclusion that he was young 
and must have some enjoyment too, and began 
spending a little time each evening down town, and 
finally the hours grew longer and his mother was 
left alone. 

Mrs. Prescott was a sensible Christian mother, 
and had her son been at church, or at night school 
or in similar places she would gladly have spent the 
evenings alone; but she knew the many temptations 
on the street, and as she thought of hor child being 
dragged down to ruin sorrow filled her heart. In 
her distress she remembered the great Burden- 
bearer, and to him she went and asked him to save 
her boy. 

It was evident that Harry had gotten into bad 
company, as the sweet purity of the home training 
had been forsaken and the rough, uncouth manners 
of the street had supplanted them; but the saddest 
blow to the mother-heart was when he stumbled in 
one night,— drunk. Thus the time passed on, and a 
once happy home was made sad because a boy tor- 
got a dying father's request and failed to do what 
he promised. 

It was on the last evening of the year, and as 
usual Harry was with his gay associates at the sa- 
loon Somehow he did not feel quite as jovial as 
usual, and thoughts of his home and mother crowd- 
ed into his mind. His sinfnl associates noticed the 
change and said Harry Prescott better turn preach- 
er as he was too sober for the saloon. He left the 
crowd earlier than usual and started to his mother's 
side On his way he passed the church where he 
with his parents had attended, but which he had 
neglected lately. He heard singing inside and lis- 
tened. It was the familiar hymn; 

" Yield not to temptation, 
For yielding is sin. 
Each victory will help you 
Some other to win." 

Then he remembered how he had yielded and 
how he had been led step by step, on the downward 
road. Quietly he opened the door and took a back 
seat, not caring to be noticed. A few Christian peo- 
ple had met for prayer meeting and were recounting 
some of the joys and sorrows of the past year. Fi- 
nally a sad-faced woman arose, and amid tears and 
sobs she spoke of the death of her husband during 
the year but added, she had greater sorrow, for her 
dear child had been allured from her side, and at 
that hour might be in a saloon, and asked her 
friends to unite with her in prayer that God would 
so trouble him that he might be rescued and saved. 

The woman was Harry's mother, and he was 
touched as he never had been before. He listened 
intently to all that was said and at the close of the 
service hurried home to surprise his dear mother. 
Like the prodigal, he "came to himself," and after 
lighting the lamp and shaking the grate he took up 
the family Bible and was reading its pages when his 
mother entered. 

There was great joy in that home when Harry 
told his mother that he could not enjoy the saloon 
company any longer, that he was at church and 
heard her speech in his behalf, and that he had re- 
solved to turn a new leaf for the new year, and 
more, that he wanted henceforth to lead a Christian 
life and make a man of himself. 

And thus the New Year dawned on a happy home 
because one that was lost was found, and through 
the prayers of a Christian mother a wanderer re- 
turned to the Father's house. 
Neivburgy Pa, 



" I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not."— Luke 22:32. 

These are the Savior's words to Peter after he 
had said, " Satan hath desired to have you, that he 
may sift you as wheat." Then in his gentle, loving 
voice he added, " But I have prayed for thee," etc. 
I have someti.mes wished I could have heard that 
prayer, that I might know better how the Father 
would have us pray for others as well as for our- 
selves, that our faith fail not in times of temptation. 
How much it helps us to know that others are pray- 
ing for us. How it stimulates us to greater activity 
and strengthens us for future trials. 

Oh, the love we might show, the burdens we 
could help to bear by praying the Father in behalf 
of our brethren and sisters! But here is an exam- 
ple of far more tender love than that manifested be- 
tween fellow-creatures. A divine Being, so full of 
earnest sympathy, pleading for his disciples' in- 
creased faith. Surely it must have touched Peter's 
heart to know this, and it would seem impossible 
for him to fail now. He felt very strong, too, for he 
said, " Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into 
prison, and to death." Yet how sadly he failed 
when the trial came! 

Shall we, then, conclude, because Peter denied 
his Lord, that the Savior's prayer was not heard? 
Certainly not. Such a conclusion would cloud our 
brightest hopes, for if God did not answer the pray- 
er of his own dear Son, how could we expect him to 
hear our weak petitions? Peter's weakness over- 
came him for the time, but deep was his repentance 
when he remembered the Master's words. His was 
a godly sorrow, and he conquered gloriously in the 
end. Later in life we find him boldly defending 
the Gospel, suffering persecution, imprisonment, 
and at last crucifixion. 

Did you ever think that the same Jesus who 
prayed for Peter has prayed for you? Parents, 
brothers, sisters, and friends have prayed often for 
us. How much we have been strengthened in this 
way we may never realize. But one who loves more 
than father and mother, one who is nearer than our 
dearest friend of earth, one who came down from 
heaven to save his enemies; such a one has prayed 
for us. 


Jan. 7, iSgg. 

If you have never paid particular attention to the 
seventeenth chapter of John, take your Bible and 
read it carefully. Notice the twentieth verse. 
Read it again and again, for if trials have been your 
portion you need to realize more fully that he who 
was " in all points tempted like as we are " has 
pleaded your case at the Father's throne, and that if 
you will but trust you cannot fail. You may some- 
times stumble, but faith and prayer will hold you 
up, and " if you don't let go you won't fall." 

What could bind us together more closely as 
God's children than prayer for each other? Christ 
has set the example. May we continue to follow, 
that in his language we may say to others, " I have 
prayed for thee." 

Plattslmrg, Mo. 


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Mission Work by Colonization. 

It is truly gratifying to see the progress of our 
beloved Brotherhood on the question of missions, 
both home and foreign, in the last decade and a 
half. The cause of this onward stride of glorious 
work we belie\-e to be due to at least two leading 

1. To a more thorough mastication, digestion, 
and assimilation of the commission, " Go )'e." 

2. To a fervent, unfeigned love for perishing 
souls. Yet much of the great field remains uncon- 
quered for the blessed Christ. 

We often stop for a moment and ask ourselves, 
"Is this the best method for doing the greatest 
good?" We ask, for we are anxious for the best 
results of time and means expended. 

Christ sent out the blessed apostles two by two, 
and their united influence gathered others. Paul, 
Peter and Philip went out to preach Christ, while 
others frequently joined them to add influence and 
strength, and help bear the cross of Christ. This 
plan of united effort, it has always been our convic- 
■ " i great question, is what we need to carry 

out. And\ 

ad to 

It js the senti- 
therhood, as it 
:olumns of the 
ssion boards, to 
ents, as the 

note that 
ment of our great and beloved Br 
speaks its sentiment through the 
Gospel Messenger and various m 
even encourage colonization 
most effectual method to do mission work in all 
isolated points, wherever practical. 

Upon this plan and by repeated requests wife and 
I consented to leave our active field of work in 
Indiana and occupy this outpost point. Having 
of a colony of from twelve to twenty 
assist us, we confided in the promise 
given. Our first service at this point was on 
Thanksgiving day, 1S97. We have labored here 
most of the time since that date, with good hearing 
and interest to the Word, and many assents to the 
Truth. But the people are largely ignorant of the 

We have waited, month after 
for the colony to come to gladde 
far we are alone in this far-ou 
except our dear Bro. James Burs 
are not here under the colony 


■■ What shall - 

onth, and prayed 
our hearts, but so 
md strange point, 
1 and family, who 
ffort, but by their 

under the 

own. The quest 

circumstances? "we have most prayerfully consid- 
ered, and have concluded that we could better use 
our time elsewhere. We regret leaving this field 


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Bulsar Notes. 

from which, with much cold that must foIIow^ many 
will endure untold suffering. 

— Recently Bro. Stover suffered from what ap- 
peared to be a return of erysipelas in the face but 
by prompt treatment it did not reach that stage and 
he is around again as usual. Bro. McCann has also 
had an attack of malaria and, being in Bombay at 
the time, took treatment at the hospital. When last 
heard from he was better and expected soon to re- 
turn to Bulsar. 

— The last mail from home brought the sad news 
to Bro. McCann that his father had been stricken 
with paralysis. What the result has been we can 
know only as the mail brings us 
later. But that he might be spa 
longer to accept Christ as his Savi 
prayer of all who know the sweetn 
—The native brother who has ta 
of colporter has been meeting with 
selling gospels. This is one of the wa)s of reaching 
the people that will tell in many homes. At the rate 
they are sold, one half cent each, few can say they 
are too poor to buy. Could you, brother or sister, 
invest a dollar in any better way than using it for 
distributing the Word of God to the heathen? One 
dollar buys two hundred books and these placed in 
as many families-would reach nearly one thousand 

—It was our privilege to hear, in Bombay, Princi- 
pal Fairbain, of Mansfield College. Oxford, deliver 
five lectures on the philosophy and historical devel- 
opment of religion. The addresses were fine, schol- 
arly productions but by some they were thought to 
be beyond the reach of the average mind. As they 
were intended, however, for the educated classes of 
Hindus and others, we could not but expect the 
speaker's best effort. Many excellent thoughts 
were produced and vye can but hope that good will 
result from this course of lectures. 

— Among the better educated classes of Parsees, 
Hindus and other faiths there is a manifest uneasi- 
ness in regard to the stability of their various faiths. 
In conversation with Bro. Stover, recently, an intelli- 
gent Parsee expressed as his belief that in twenty 
years their religion will have had its day. The wor- 
ship of the elements water, fire and the sun, by this 
class, and the worship of idols by the Hindus cannot 
help but appear ridiculous to intelligent minds. 
But, leaving their own faiths, shall they be allowed 
to drift into heathenism or infidelity? Shall not the 
Christian, clothed with the knowledge and power of 
the living God, arise in His strength and give these 
people the knowledge of Christ who alone can save 
them from their sins? Shall w 

confident no one will ever regret having spent those 
days with us. Bring your friends along. 

J. G. Rover. 

Death of Bro. Daniel Lorah. 

The subject of our sketch passed 'away in the 
bounds of the Ferrenburg church. New Madrid Co., 
Mo., Dec. 20, 189S, aged 65 years, 5 months and 10 

Deceased was born in Wayne County, Ohio, July 
10, 1833. In 1854 he was united in matrimony to 
Samantha Morrrs, of Defiance County, Ohio. To 
this union were born five children, all of whom sur- 
vive him. In 1876 his companion preceded him to 
the spirit world. In 1879 he was united in matri- 
mony to Delilah Mlisser. To this union were born 
three children, one of whom preceded him. He 
leaves a sorrowing wife and seven children, and two 


The later years o 
Madrid County, Mo 
the Brethren churc 

The funeral servic 

f his life were spent in New 

Bro. Lorah was a minister in 

h for about thirty-five years. 

eld in the Ferrenburg 

:hurch by Eld. Moses Cruea, from the word: 
man die shall he live again? " Effie Lorah, 

From Unlonvllle, Iowa. 

How many 
ur responsi- 

Another year has passed away, 
souls have we influenced for Christ? 
bility is a great and solemn one. 

Bro. Wm. Krewson was with us over Sunday, re- 
cently, and gave us two good sermons. He was on 
the way to South English, to attend the Bible school 
at that place. After a thorough review of the Sun- 
day school lesson by our Superintendent, O. Ogdeya 

sms.^ ^nau we not seize the oppor- 
tune moment while it is here to enlighten the eyes 
of those who are blindly seeking after God, though 
he be not far from every one of us as Paul said to 
the Athenians? Let us pray and work noi«! 

D. L. Forney. 
Bulsar, Imiid, Dec. 2. 

Special Days at Mt. Morris. 


At the request of some who arc not able to at- 
tend our entire Bible term, we will say that Wednes- 
day and Thursday, Jan. 11 and 12, have been set 
apart as Pastors' and Workers' days. Pastors' Day 
will be entirely devoted to ministerial and pastoral 
work. The topics to be discussed are, "The Pastor- 
al Visit, and the 'Visitation of the Sick,"— the best 
methods and the advantages accruing from such vis- 
its (a) to the minister himself, (b) to the flock; 
"The Minister in the Pulpit, his Relation to the 
Church, the Sunday School and the Prayer Meeting." 
The work of this da)' will be interesting and profita- 
ble to both ministers and laity. 

On Workers' Day the forenoon will be devoted to 
Sunday school work. The best methods for teach- 
ers' meetings, the Superintendent's work, the 
teacher teaching his class,— primary and ad' 
will receive attention. The afternoon will 
, , , voted to sisters at work,— in the home in m 

Agaix another cool season is here. Nights and in mission bands, and in pastoral work W 
are often quite cool but days usually to make this, if not the best,, one of the 'best 
us of I term. We urge all who can not attend the 



O. W. Leavell , 
talk. A collection w, 
ing for the Chicago miss 
Our Thanksgiving collect 
two suffering families. Oi 
with us Dec. 31, to comme 

We hope that 1 
Dec, 2g. 


for a Christmas offer- 
amounting to S2.00. . 
was divided between 
der, A. Wolf, will be 
a series of meeting,).,,^ 

any maybe added to the fold. 

Myta Leavell. 

Notes from Our Correspondents.- 

lut, s. 

letters from ho 
i and much cold thi; 

ever, tell 

arly in the season I term to be present 1 


of the 

al days. We 


Silver Creek — We met in council Dec. 24 with a good rep- 
resentation. This church is making an effort to do more effi- 
cient Sunday school and missionary work.— ^. A. Throne, Pi- 
oneer, Ohio, Dec, 2S. 

Stonellck — We had a week's meetings which closed Nov. 
27, with good interest. Saturday evening was our love feast. 
Brethren John H. Brumbaugh and Samuel Snell were with us. 
There were only twenty-five communicants, owing to sickness 
and bad weather. — Anna Lesh, Dec. 2.f. 

Postoria.— Bro. Lemuel Hilleryhas recently been with us. 
He preached sixteen sermons while here. We also had serv- 
ices al the home of an aged, afflicted brother and sister. 
The average attendance at our Sunday school has been better 
than at any time during my work here. — Annie Raffensperger, 
Dec. 26. 

Zlon Hill — Our Christmas exercises occurred last evening. 

We had a large attendance and a very interesting program 

was rendered, in which nearly all the Sunday school scholars 

took part and made the meeting a pleasant one. Next day 

A. W. Harrold gave us an interesting sermon. — iViiford 

Esterly, Columbiana, Ohio, Dec. 2J. 

West Nlmlshillen.— We closed an interesting two weeks' 

Ties of meetings on Sunday evening, Dec. 25. The roads 

id the weather, for the most time, were favorable, and the at- 

iidance fairly good. Eld. F. B. Weimer, of Sterling, Ohio, 

did all the preaching except during the last three meetings, 

h were conducted by the home ministry. Bro. Weimer 

labored with zeal and power.— /saac //oil. New Berlin, Ohio, 

Dec. 2S. 

Logan — Bro. D. D. Wine, of Covington. Ohio, came to us 
Dec. 10 and remained until Dec. 25. He gave us much food, 
and labored earnestly for 7ion's upbuilding. While there 
were no accessions we felt that his labors were not in vain. 
Our Sunday school made a Christmas offering of neariy eight 
dollars to the Washington churchhouse. Last spring abroth- 
er distributed S2.45 among some of the younger pupils of the 
Sunday school to increase for the Lord. They made their re- 
turns on Christmas day, and their miles had grown 10 .^12.76, 
which was sent to the Brooklyn missiiiii. Why do not more of 
our Sunday schools try this plan?— /»//« A'. Snyiler, Belle/on- 
taine, Ohiy\, Dec. 2y. 

THIE GOSIPEL i^EssEnsra-Ei^.. 

Alvada.— Bro. C. L. Wilkins, of Harrod, Ohio, began a se- 
rits of nieelings Dec. 3 and continued until Dec. 25. preaching 
in all twenty-four sermons. The attendance was good and the 
interest kept increasing until the close. Four were baptized. 
The members were much encouraged and built u\}.~Berl/ia 
Schubn-t, Dec, 26. 

JVIarl City Mission.— We had the pleasure of meeting with 
the Brethren at this place in a Christmas service on Sunday 
evening. Dec. 25. There is a small band of members here un- 
der the charge of the Logan church. They seem to be alive 
10 the Master's work and the prospects are good for an in- 
crease. All offering w;is made at this meeting for the India 
Orphanage. Eid. Ahednego Miller, one of our home minis- 
ters, will begin a series of special meetings at this place Jan. 7. 
^John R. Snyder, Bellefontainc, Ohio, Dec. 27. 

Silver Creelc,-Or. the evening of Dec. 6 Bru. Jacob Rair- 
ick, of Indiana, commenced a series of meetings including a 
ten days' Bible class meeting, which he continued until Dec. 
ig. The meetings were held in the Walnut Grove church of 
the above-named congregation. There was preaching each 
evening and also on Sunday forenoon. A good interest was 
taken in the study of God's Word. Bro. Rairick did his work 
well. Though the weather was cold, the interest increased 
each evening. Two were baptized. This church has two Sun- 
day schools in good working order.— W. A. Throne, Pioneer, 
Ohio, Dec. 24. 

■ Spring Creek.— We just closed a three weeks" series of 
meetings at this place, with three additions and the church 
much encouraged. — Dorsey Hodgden, Dec. 2j. 

Walnut.- Our series of meetings, conducted by Bro. Samuel 
Leckrone. closed last Sunday night, Dec. 25. Six united with 
the church.— 7b^/<n- Helsel, A?-gos, Ind., Dec. 27. 

Buck Creek.- The members met in regular council Dec. 
23. Eld. D. F. Hoover was with us. We are in the midst of a 
series of meetings, conducted by Bro. Hoover. His earnest 
appeals ought to lead many to Christ.—/. B. IVike. Mooreland, 
Ind., Dec. 26. 

Oak Grove — Bro. M. J. Whitmer preached an* interesting 
sermon on Thanksgiving day. In the evening the home min- 
ister-j began a series of meetings. Two were received by bap- 
tism. The meetings closed with good interest Dec. 11.— Dan- 
-' ^'i J'eiers. North Liberty, Ind., Dec. 18. 

Naypanee — Bro. James M. Neff commenced a series of 
meetiijgs here Nov. 26 and closed Dec. 18. Two were bap- 
tized and two applicants will be attended to later. The inter- 
est and attendance were good. Our council was held Dec. 22. 
HroJ. R. Miller presided.— £". L. Heestand. Dec. 24. 

Ft. Wayne Mission.— Our Sunday school met on Saturday 
— ig For Christmas services. A very appropriate program, 
cofih.jting of recitations and songs by the scholars and short 
talk' by the officers, was successfully carried out. The aver- 
age attendance of our school is now about fifty. Bro Roose, 
our elder, was also with us and preached two sermons on Sun- 
day. — A. L. Schroeder, Dec. 2S. 

Hartford City.— Dec. 3 Bro. Martin L. Hahn, of Flora, 
Ind., came tu us and commenced a series of meetings. He 
preached twenty-four soul-cheering sermons. During the 
meetings there were added to the church, two, a brother and a 
sister: Others are under conviction. Bro. Hahn labored hard 
for the church, both in preaching and visiting. We appreci- 
ate bis labors very much.— /cZ/w Groves, Dec. 2S. 

Lower Deer Creek.— Bro. Isaac Frantz came to us Dec, 10. 
He commenced preaching the same evening and continued 
until Christmas night. The twenty-one able discourses which 
he delivered were much appreciated. The attendance was 
iiot as large as we expected. Many were kept away on ac- 

■ unnt of several cases of scarlet fever in the immediate vicini- 
ty. One was baptized and two reclaimed. — Aaron Snoeberger, 
Camden, Ind., 

Beaver Dam. — Eld, Joseph Spitzer commenced his series 
of meetings at our place Dec. 10 and closed last night. We 
nre (oijfident that the good seed sown will germinate in its 

■ -wn good season. Our brother directed a number of his dis- 
courses exclusively to the members, and we trust that the 
u'ood admonitions given will not be forgotten. May the bless- 
ings of God go with our brother wherever he goes.— /o//« L. 
Kline. Sevastopol, Ind., Dec. 28. 


Lutes.— Nov. 17 Eld. S. M. Forney came to us and left Dec. 
1., > ;iie applied for baptism, one was reclaimed, and several 
.ire vt-ry near the blessed kln^Aom. —Deacon Keyes, McClcan, 
Nfbi . Dec. 24. 

Highland — Bro. J. B. Moore, of Octavia, Nebr., began a 
series of meetings in the Afton schoolhouse, Nov. 26, and con- 
tinued until Dec, 18, The Lord enabled him to preach the 
V/ord with great power. Three were baptized and two re- 
'\A\mtA.~ George Mishler, Cambridge, Nebr., Dec. 21. 

Odell.— There is a little band of brethren and sisters be- 
tweeji Odell and Diller. known as the Diller church. They 
have a membership of about twelve. Two were added by 
l.:tpt!sm during last summer. Eld. Unas Shick has the over- 
sight of the church and preaches for us twice a month. Bro. 
A L. Harter also preached some very acceptable sermons. 
i>ro. J. E. Young, of Beatrice, gave 'us one discourse. A 
' tiion Sunday school is held at a point about midway between 
OdeH and Diller, a brother and sister being superintendent and 
jrintendent of the same. Nearly all the members 
1 the vicinity of the school, and are regular attendants. — 
hyant.Dec.23. f 


Oriental.-Dec. 18 Bro. Green Shively. of White Springs. 
Pa., came to us, and during his stay gave us three very cdify- 
mg sermons.— y. i^. Showers, Dec. 26. 

Roaring Spring.-Bro. Wm. S. Ritchey closed our series of 
meetings Dec. 23, preaching in all fourteen sermons. We had 
a good meeting, considering the weather. Some lasting im- 
pressions were made.— />. S. RcplogU, Dec. 36. 

Betliel.- Bro. Levi Holsinger commenced preaching at this 
place on the evening of Dec. 10 and closed the 22nd. He 
preached in all fifteen sermons. Four were baptized. The 
interest and attendance were good. James H, Morris, Cy- 
pher, Pa., Dec. 23. 

Ptiiladelptiia — Last Sunday night, Dec. 25, Bro. T. T. My- 
ers preached for us at the Geiger Memorial Brethren church, 
after which ten were received into the church by baptism. 
The attendance was large and many witnessed for the first 
time the ordinance of baptism. Ttie Sunday school Christmas 
exercises were held last night. During the past year we have 
enrolled three hundred and thirty-seven scholars.— y. W. 
Cline, Tiuenty-Sixth and Lehigh Ave., Dec. 2S. 

Lower Cumberland.— Bro. Reuben Shroyerheld a series of 
meetings at Hagerstown, beginning Dec. 3 and ending Dec. 
23, from which great good has resulted. Seven were received 
by baptism. This was the first protracted meeting held by the 
Brethren at that point. The meetings were held in the Pres- 
byterian church. The small band of members there certainly 
are encouraged. The church was well filled each evening, 
and the best of order and attention were given,— Mrs. B. E, 
Bycrs, Mechantcsbur^, Pa., Dec, 26. 

Markleysburg.— Bro. Joseph Gnthrie, of Hazelton, W. Va., 
recently closed an interesting series of meetings at the Bethel 
house with five additions by baptism. We are at this lime 
having meetings in our house at Markleysburg, conducted by 
the home ministry. One applicant awaits baptism and others 
are counting the cost. V'^'e expect to commence a series of 
meetings at the Union house, Jan. 8, by the home ministry, al- 
so at the Glade house Feb. 15, by Bro. W. A. Gaunt, of Elk 
Lick, Y^.— Jasper Bantthoitse, Dec. 2S. 


Morrill — A Bible normal is to be held here, beginning Jan. 
13 and continuing ten days. Bro. C. E. Arnold, of McPher- 
son, Kans., will conduct these meetings.— /J. M, Eisenbise, 
Dec. 27. 

East Mapie Qrove.~At our recent council four were re- 
ceived by letter. Our evergreen Sunday school was reorgan- 
ized by electing Bro. C. C. Root, Superintendent. We expect 
Bro. W. H, Miller to conduct a series of meetings, coramenc 
ing Jan. 14, — /. //. Crist, Gardner, Kans., Dec. 26. 

Paint Creek.— We met in regular council Dec. 26, and de 
cided to choose a new elder. The lot fell on Bro. Boyd, of the 
Brazilton church. One of our Sunday schools was reorgan- 
ized. Bro. R. R.obinscn was chosen Superintendent. Bro. T. 
A. Robinson was chosen Messengek agent. Our Sunday 
schools use the Brethren's literature and Song Books.- 7^. //. 
Crumpackcr, Redjield, Kans., Dec. 2q. 

North Solomon.— We met in council for the first time in 
our new church in Portis. All business was transacted in a 
Christian spirit. Sister Jane Lerew was appointed solicitor. 
A collection was taken up and S2.0S was raised. This may 
not mean much to some, but considering our failure in crops, 
and the building of our church, we did what we could. Sister 
Rosa Naylor was chosen by the church as Messenger agent. 
—John F. Cline, Oakvale, Kans., Dec. 26. 

Salem. — The Mission Board of Southwestern Kansas, South- 
ern Colorado and Oklahoma Territory held their last meeting 
in the Salem congregation. Some very important business 
was transacted. They found it necessary to devise a plan by 
which more help could be obtained, and as a stimulant along 
this line the evangelist, Bro. G. E. Studebaker, who is well ac- 
quainted with the needs of the District, has been instructed to 
preach one or more missionary sermons in each congregation 
or wherever he sees proper; also to give a description of 
the territory to be worked, in order that the calls might be 
heard. It was thought that by this method each member 
ight be better able to see the duty he owes to the District as 
ell as to the Giver of ail good.— Z. E. Fahntey, Sterling, 
Kans., Dee. 26. 


Spring Creek.— Bro. William Eikenberry began a series of 
meetings for us Dec, 6, and continued until Dec. ig. The at- 
tendance and interest were good.— Bessie Giilam, Fredericks- 
burg, Iowa, Dec. 23. 

Crooked Creek.— Dec. 10 Eld. Abrahain Wolf commenced 
a series of meetings and continued till the 21st. He preached 
thirteen soul-cheering sermons. We had good attendance. 
Four came out on the Lord's side. We were all encouraged, 
and feel that our brother has done a grand work here. He 
talked to the little folks each evening, which was much en- 
joyed by \\\cin.— Sarah Burger, Keota, Iowa, Dec. 21. 

Libertyville.— Our council occurred Dec. 24, with a good 
attendance of members. Two letters were granted and con- 
iderablebusinesswas transacted in regard to the welfare of 
the church. We have preaching services every Sunday, at 11 
A. M., and every two weeks on Sunday evening. We have 
prayer and social meeting each Sunday evening. Our Sunday 
school is to continue for the winter. One young 

ceived by baptism in the 
W. N. Glotjelty, Dec. 26. 

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Decatur.-Bro. Menno Stauffer, of Mansfield, commenced a 
seriesof meetings Dec. I r and continued until Dec. 20. The 
interest and attendance were good. Our series of meetings 
will be long remembered.- M-A-h Post Shaw, Dec. 26. 

Wetaug — Wife, children and I went to Farrenburg, Mo., a 
distance of fifty miles, to attend a love feast, which was held 
Nov, 25. This was the first feast that my wife had attended 
for about ten years. The Messenger is our only preacher 
and next to the Bible it is the best instructor we have.— ^. J. 
Ilunsacirr, Dec. 2S. 

Liberty — Bro. Wm. Bingaman, of Laplace, 111., arrived 
here Dec. 13 and commenced a series of illustrated Bible 
Land talks, continuing until the evening of the 17th. After 
the first night or two the house was crowded to its utmost. 
EvLryln.dy was made to realize the value of these interesting 
i;ilk>, W'l. uui in regular quarterly council Dec. 17. Our 
elder, (i. W. Cripe, and brethren Wm. Bingaman and Wm. R. 
Liuilic WLTc with us. The spirit of the Lord prevailed among 
us. The church elected brethren William Baker and Lewis 
Phillips to the office of d'eacon.— Z,tf7y« Phillips, Dec. 3s. 


Sangervllle.— Dec. 11 Eld. Jacob Garber began a series of 
meetings at the Branch churchhouse and continued until Dec. 
25. He preached eighteen sermons, including one funeral 
sermon. Five were baptized and five reclaimed. Others 
were made to realize their condition. We are in the midst of 
an interesting Bible class, which is being held in the Sanger- 
ville house during the Holidays, by Bro. J. W. Wayland, Jr.— 
Jentiie Cool, Dec. 2S, 

Crimora.— A series of meetings, conducted by Bro. J, M. 
Cline, commenced Nov. 20 and closed Dec. 24, Eleven were 
baptized and four reclaimed. One was baptized before the 
meetings commenced. Eight of the number were members of 
our Sunday school, and most of them were young in years, 
ranging from twelve years up. The meetings were greatly 
hindered by bad weather, but the members were much encour- 
aged and built up.— ^, F. Scrogham, Dec. 26. 


Charleston. -We have no preaching here now. The cold 
weather has not stopped our Sunday school; it is evergreen. 
The attendance is about thirty. We have the best of order 
and excellent Interest. The song service is also good.—//. 
Haws, Dec. 28. 

Antioch.— Our series of meetings began Dec. 17. Bro. To- 
bias S. Fike.of Brookside, W. Va., labored with us faithfully 
until Dec. 27. Sainls rejoiced and sinners were made to feel 
the need of a personal Savior, Two were added to the church 
by confession and baptism. One was reclaimed and one 
awaits baptism.— Z.^/ww/i, Thornton, IK Va., Dec. 2g. 

Burlington.— We commenced a series of meetings at the 
Welton schoolhouse Dec. 18 and continued until thel27th. 
Bro. Jonas Fike conducted the meetings. He preached in>U 
twelve sermons. We had good attendance and the best of 0^ 
der. Two were reclaimed. Four applicants will be baptized 
are seriously impressed.— A/i^r Arnold, 


Chippewa Valley.— Dec. 3 we met in church council. A 
large amount of business was transacted and all was disposed 
of in a Christian-like manner. We had decided to have an 
evergreen Sunday school. Bro. Edward Davis is our Super- 
intendent. On Christmas day we had an interesting meeting. 
SoTne of the topics were handled in a very able manner. Our 
series of meetings is to bepin Jan. 8. Bro. Honbcrger is to as- 
sist us.—E. E. Joyce, Red Cedar, IVis., Dec. 26. 

Frultdale. -After having spent three weeks very pleasantly 
m a series of meetings with the Brethren at Nappanee, Ind., 
where I found the church in a most excellent working condi- 
tion, I returned to my southern home, arriving Dec, 24. Our 
Christmas sermon was preached by Bro. Jacob Holderman. 
We hope to have Eld. John R. Wellington, of Reed, Ind., 
with us soon, to conduct a series of meetings.— yaw« Af. Neff, 
Dec. 27. 


Los Angeles.— Our mission Sunday school is progressing 
nicely. At the gathering on Christmas day over one hundred- 
were present. We also have regular preaching now every 
Sunday evening by Bro. Samuel Funk, who has moved to our 
city recently. Things are also moving along pleasantly at the 
church on the east side. One dear soul made a Christmas of- 
fering of himself to Jesus and was baptized after the evening 
by Bro. J. S. F!ory.-C. IV. Guthrie. Dec. 26. 

Paradise Prairie.- Bro. Jacob Appleman preached two 
soui-cheering sermons on Sunday forenoon and evening, Dec. 
25, Two were received by letter. Several members from 
Kansas and Missouri were with us for the last week and will 
settle in our church. They are well pleased with our country, 
for it is a fine one. Land is very cheap.— y. N. Cox, Clark- 
son, Okla.. Dec. 26. 


Walnut Creek.— Our regular quarterly council occurred 

Dec. 24. Elders M. T. Bear and Martin Mohler were with us. 

Bro. Bear remained over Sunday and preached two excellent 

■Maud Holloway, Knobnoster, Mo., Dec. 2j. 




Notes from the Kearney Mission. 

—Sister Mary Frantz, our co-worker, 
who labored so faithfully in the mission until 
our late District Meeting, has returned to Mc- 
Pherson, Kans.. to attend school there. 

—The meetings which took place just before 
and after the regular District Meeting, which 
convened Oct. 26, at Octavia, Nebr., will long 
be remembered by all the brethren and sistei 
whose privilege it was to be there. 

—The District has placed in charge here, 
a minister, Bro. Ira C. Suavely. Sister Vi 
ginia Wine, of Octavia, Nebr., was appointed 
as our helper in children's work. 

—After the close of District Meeting I 
ed my home near Adams, Nebr., for one v 
Oil my return Sister Carrie Barkdoll, of the 
Batavia church, III., came with me to Kearney, 
to help in the mission work for sometime. We 
arrived here, together with Sister Wine, on the 
evening of Nov. g. At the depot were six of 
our girls and boys to meet us with a hearty 

—Saturday, Nov. 12, the first love feast was 
held in our mission house. On account of the 
inclemency of the weather only about forty- 
three members communed. 

—The following week we, as workers, made 
arrangements to locate nearer the mission 
house. With no little difficulty we secured a 
place about three blocks from our place, of 
work. We are now nicely located in our mis- 
sion home, 1501 Avenue F. 

—The children's work has been moving 
along nicely, considering the prevalence of ty- 
phoid fever among the people. Quite a num- 
ber of our sewing girls have been sick, but 
most of them are recovering. On the day of 
our return to Kearney one of our dear little 
girls was laid to rest. During her sickness she 
spoke much about the sewing school and her 
interest in the various meetings. 

—Our children's meetings, since changed to 
Sunday afternoon, have already increased in 
attendance and interest. Last Sunday after- 
noon their Bible lesson was taken from Prov. 
6: 32, "Self-Control." Here are a few of the 
lesson points that one of our little girls, eight 
years old, wrote in her tablet: "The greatest 
and best power is self-control." " We can 
control ourselves if we n'///." " The most dan- 
gerous person is one that cannot control him- 
self. We, as children, should learn how to 
control ourselves at home, at school, or any- 
where; then we can learn how to be happy, un- 
selfish, and to do our work promptly and 

— Last Sunday, while at the children's meet- 
ing, quite unexpectedly, Bro. Snavely's broth- 
er-in-law, O. D. Lyon, of Sidney, Nebr,, 
dropped in. He gave the children a very in- 
teresting talk. 

—Since District Meeting we have received 
some liberal donations. Last summer, one su- 
perintendent of a Sunday school in Illinois told 
his little folks how they might work to receive 
money for some mission. They proceeded at 
once, and this fall they gave to their superin- 
tendent the proceeds (over S5) which they de- 
cided to send to us. 

—Last spring a dime was given to a little 
girl at Hudson, to use for missionary purposes, 
She bought some eggs and raised chickens,— 
sixteen, — which she sold, and with the pro- 
ceeds of it, and also from the eggs of three 
nests during the summer, she realized S6.44, 
which she sent us especially for the children, 

—In behalf of the mission we heartily thank 
all the donors of such gifts as have been 
us. May the Father richly bless them! 

Hattie Mae Netzli 

An Impress 

'. Call. 

A SHORT time before the N 
giving day we received a ci 

Philadelphia, who 

nal Thanks- 
id a circular from the 
■combatant Friend: 
at work with those of 

and England are using exertions to provide 
the means for their emigration lo the island 
of Cyprus and other countries, where they can 
live in peace as the Gospel teaches and their 
conscience inspires them. The Emperor, hon- 
orably discriminating between the disobedi- 
ence to the law by evildoers, and a disobedi- 
ence arising from conscientious endeavor to do 
right, granted this request. 

These suffering and persecuted friends, be- 
ing destitute of the means necessary for this 
purpose, earnest appeals are now being made to 
those having similar convictions, to contribute 
liberally to this cause. Accordingly we, the 
church of Botetourt County, Va., at our coun- 
cil, previous to our Thanksgiving meeting, de- 
cided to apply our collection to this impressive 
cause. A fairly liberal collection was taken. 
I have remitted a check for the amount to Wil- 
liam Evans, 252 South Front Street, Philadel- 
phia. 1 kindly present this matter to all of our 
Brethren for consideration. 


REPORT of the above Meeting should have 
given before, but as it has not I will give 
w. The meeting convened at Carrington, 
N. Dak., July 8. 1898. The meeting was or- 
ganized by appointing Eld. Joel Weaver, of 
Bowbells, N. Dak., as Moderator; Eld. Joseph 
Holder, Reading Clerk; Eld. J. L. Thomas, 
Writing Clerk. The meeting passed off pleas- 
ntly. The brethren seemed to be full of zeal 
for the cause of our Master. The mission and 
Sunday school work was discussed in great 
earnest, and all seemed to be united. No 
queries go to Annual Meeting. Eld. J. L. 
Thomas represents us at the next Annual 
Meeting. The Ministerial Meeting preceding 
this meeting was of great interest, and many 
lod impressions were made. 

A. B. Peters. 
Cafiffo. N, Dak. 


BERGLIND— BEAGLE.— At .the home of 
the bride's parents, H. J. and Ida Beagle, Dec. 
by the undersigned, Charles A. Berg- 
lind and Sister Genevera R. Beagle, both of 
enmare, N. Dak. A. W. Hawbaker. 

GRIMM— BARNHIZER.— At the residence 
of the bride's parents, Dec. 24, 1898, by the 
undersigned, Daniel L Grimm, of Hedge, Iowa 
Co., Iowa, and Alma Barnhizer, of Mt. Morris, 
jleCo., 111. D. E. Price. 

PEASE— TRISLER.— At our home, in Gar- 
den Grove, Iowa, Dec. 22, 1898, by the under- 
signed, Mr. Ransom J. Pease and Miss Flor- 
ice Trisler, all of Decatur County, Iowa. 

L. M. KoB. 
WISSINGER— TROUT.— At the residence 
of the undersigned, in Altoona, Pa., Dec. 21, 
1, friend Walter Wissinger and Anna G. 
Trout, both of Altoona, Pa. 

D. S. Brallier. 
BITTNER— PARR.-At the residence of 
the bride's parents, Dec. 25, 1898, by the un- 
dersigned, Bro. William Wesley Bittner, of 
jasper County, and Sister Julana Parr, of Polk 
County, Iowa. A. W. Flora. 

HOOVER— MYERS.— At the residence of 
the bride's parents. Brother and Sister J. J. 
Meyers, near Morrill, Kans., Dec. 25, 1898, by 
the undersigned, Mr. Edward Hoover and Sis- 
ter Maud Meyers. J. J. Yoder. 

ULREY-MOOTHART.— At the home of 
the bride's parents, near McPherson, Kans., 
Dec. 25, 1898. by the undersigned, Bro. John C, 
Ulrey, of Grenola, Kans., and Sister Lillie M. 
Moothart, of McPherson, Kans. 

" like precious faith " the world over in the r 
lief and assistance of those of Russia who ha 
been severely persecuted, abused, robbed of 
their property, lashed, and driven from 
homes, because they would not obey the laws 
of the country in taking any part in military 
affairs or in any way taking the lives of their 
fellow men. 

Now there is offered to them, through the 
mediation of the Empress-Dowager, liberty to 
leave their country. Their friends in Russia 


" Blessed arc the dead which die in the Lord." 

MARTZ.—Near Mt. Solon, Augusta County, 
Va., in the bounds of the Elk Run church, 
Dec. 12, 1898, Sister Carolina V. Martz, aged 
49 years, 9 months and 9 days. Interment 
the Mt. Zion church. Funeral by the wri 
assisted by B. A. Kirakofe, from Matt. 6: 33. 
D. C. ZiGLEt 

HOOVER.-In the Linville Creek church, 
Rockingham Co.. Va., Dec. 4, 1898, Sister An- 
nie Hoover, aged 6^ years, 4 months and 18 
days. Deceased was the wife of Emanuel 
Hoover, She leaves an invalid husband, two 
daughters and three sons, all members of the 
church. Services by Eld. B. F. Neff. Inter 
ment in the.Timberville cemetery. 

Cora A. Driver. 

HOOVER.— At the same place, Dec. 16, 
1898, Bro. Emanuel Hoover, husband of the 
above, aged 7J years, 8 months and 12 days. 
Deceased was a faithful member of the church 
for a number of years. His bodily afflictions 
were many in his closing years. He was blind, 
and a sufferer from paralysis, but he always 
greeted visitors with a hearty welcome. Serv- 
ices by Eld. B. F. Neff from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8, as- 
sisted by Eld. J. P. Zigler. Interment in the 
Timberville cemetery. Cora A. Driver. 

KINDY.-In the Green Tree church. Pa., 
Nov. 2g, 1898, Sister Maggie C. Kindy, nee 
Slingluff, widow of Bro. John U. Kindy, aged 
54 years, 2 months and 5 days. To this union 
were born three children, two of whom pre- 
ceded her. She united with the Brethren 
church at Green Tree, in her thirteenth year, 
and lived faithful , until death. Services at 
Green Tree church, by brethren J. Z. Gotwals 
and J. T. Myers from Psa. 127: 2. 

Sarah M. Griffin. 

CARNAHAN.-In the Blanchard church, 
Ohio, Nov. 29. 1898, of croup, Jennie Maud, on- 
ly daughter of Brother Jesse and Sister Sarah 
Carnahan, aged 2 years, 7 months and 23 days. 
Services by Bro. Jacob Heistand from Isa. 38: 



ZIGLER.— Near Stover, Va., in the bounds 
of the Elkrun church, Dec. 16, 1898, after a 
short illness, Bro. S. G. Zigler, aged 46 years, 
ths and 16 days. Services by Bro. Ja- 
cob Zimmerman, assisted by B. A. Kirakofe 
from John ii: 28. D. C. Zigler. 

MOYERS.— At her home, six miles north of 
New Cambria, Kans., Dec. 2, 1898, Sister Moy- 
Deceased was born in Somerset County, 
Pa., April 4, 1823. She was united in marriage 
I Bro. John Moyers, who survives her, Sept. 5, 
■42. She united with the church of the Breth- 
;n in 1850, and was an exemplary member, 
^rvices by the writer. 

Daniel W. Stoner. 
GREEN. — In the Salem congregation, Va., 
Dec. 17, 1898, Sister Sallie C. Green, nee Am- 
33 years, 3 months and 13 days, 
s born in Shenandoah County, Va., 
where she united with the church in her youth 
ined faithful until death. She leaves 
ng husband, four children, an aged 
mother, four brothers and one sister. She was 
id to rest in the Lebanon cemetery. Serv- 
es by Bro. W. M. Wine. 

Mary S. Miller. 

SIMMONS.— In the Spring Grove congre- 
gation, Pa., Dec. 22, 1898, Sister Magdalena 
1, aged 70 years, 7 months and 24 days. 
Her husband and only child preceded her 
about forty-two years. Services from Psa. 27: 
1. W. Taylor. 

MOHR.— At his home, in Spring Hill, Ohio, 
ec. 12, 1898, Bro. Conrad Mohr, aged 80 
years, 2 months and 18 days. He was borji in 
Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1818. At the age 
of four years he came with his parents to 
America, settling in Lancaster County, Pa. 
Some years after they rnoved to Logan Coun- 
ty, Ohio, where he resided until his marriage 
to Catharine Fory, which occurred Sept. 23, 
1840, when he moved to Champaign County, 
where they lived for nearly sixty years. To 
them were born nine children, three of whom 
have passed away. He united with the Breth- 
ren church in middle age and lived a consis- 
tent member until called away. The infirmi- 
ties of age had for many years deprived him of 
sanctuary privileges. Services in the Presby- 
terian church in Spring Hill, conducted by 
Eld. Abednego Miller, assisted by elders J. L. 
Frantz and D. D. Wine. John R. Snyder. 

HOPPLE.— Near Newport, Pa., Dec. 17, 
1898, Sister Martha Hopple, aged 69 years, 4 
months and 17 days. Death came to her sud- 
denly. Her husband passed away some years 
ago. She died in the faith of Jesus, leaving 
three sons and two daughters. She was high- 
ly respected by all who knew her. Services at 
the house by the writer from 2 Tim. 4; 6-8. 
Interment in cemetery near by. 

Danie\ Landis. 

TERHUNE.— At the home of her daughter. 
Mrs. Dr. Needham, Glendora, Cal., Dec. 12, 
1898, Sister Margaret Terhune, nee Lloyd, 
aged 85 years, il months and 17 days. At the 
age of nineteen she was married to John Brum- 
back, with whom she was permitted to live on- 
ly about a year. She was afterward married 
to Peter Keesling. To them were born ten 
children, three of whom survive. The hus- 
band died nearly thirty years ago. About 
twenty years ago she was married to Barnet 
Terhune, who only lived about eight years aft- 
er their marriage. Sister Terhune united with 
the Brethren church in Pennsylvania, in her 
youth, and lived a devoted Christian life. Her 
remains were brought by Dr. Needham to 
Middletown, Ind., where her funeral was 
preached in the Brethren church by the writer. 
Interment in Brethren cemetery east of town. 
D. F. Hoover. 

RUBLE.— In West Des Moines, Iowa, at 
North and Twenty-first Street, Dec. 21, 1898, 
of consumption, John H., son of Bro. Peter and 
Sister Mary Ruble, aged 42 years, 9 months 
and 14 days. He was married Oct. 3, 1878, to 
Ella B. Butts. To this union five children 
were born. Oct. 7, 1891, his wife died. Ttire-. 
of their children, his father and mother, tlnre 
sisters and four brothers survive him. S. r\ 
ices by the writer, assisted by brethren C '\. 
Shamberger and D. E. Weigle. 

H. R. Taylor 

SHECHTER.— In the Belleville chiin u, 
Kans., Dec. 18, 1898, of consumption. Sister 
Nettie Jane Shechter, aged 22 years, 8 months 
and 7 days. She was born in Marshall Coun- 
ty. Iowa. With her parents, Bro. Rufus and 
r Libbie Hillery, she came to Republic 
County, Kans., in her youth. She leaves a 
husband, one little daughter, mother, one sis- 
er and two brothers. She united witli the 
hurch Sept. 27, 1898. Services by breili,.-n 
C. S. Holsinger and S. Henry from I Thess, 4: 
;. Louisa J. Williams. 

KING.— At Barberton, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1898, 
S. J. King, aged 63 years, 9 months and 15 
days. Deceased leaves a wife (a sister) and 
eight children. He was buried at Eas't Chip- 
pewa church, Wayne Co., Ohio. Sermon, by 
Bro. D. M. Irwin and B. Gerig (of the Amish 
Brethren) from Heb. 2: 3. Maria Runkle. 


"The Mysteries and Revelations of Spirit- 
ism and Mediumship " is the title of a vjolume 
recently published by J. A. Weimar, of Fi, 
Wayne, Ind. Following are some of the sui>- 
jecls discussed: 

Difference between Spiritualism and Spirit- 
n, What Mediumship is, The Danger of iVIe- 
diumship, The Best and Surest Safeguard 
against Evil Spirits, What a Seance is, Wheth- 
it is possible to Communicate between th^- im. 
WoHds, Influence of Personal Magn.: 1 u; 
True Religion without a Divine Revelatiof Oi 
igin of Spirits, Their Power to Materialize, r^f- 
fort at Materialization, Object of the Spirits to 
Materialize, An Abortive Attempt to Formulate 
Life, Origin and Fall of what is since Known 
as Satan, Has Satan the Ability to Materialize 
Himself? Cause and Reason of his Fall, 
Christ's and the Apostle John's Testimony Con- 
rning His Fall, The Manifest Drift of the 
esent Age, Fall of a Class or Rank of Spir- 
,, Their Power to Materialize for Evil, Who 
e the Spirits that Return? Why God Permits 
it. Dwelling Places of the Spirits, Their Kmnvl- 
edge Concerning Mankind, History of "An- 
cient" Spiritism and Mediumship, So-called 
6th and 7th Books of Moses, Old and Rare 
Books of the Kabbala, Explanation of Deut. 
18: 10-14, concerning Divination, Enchanting^ 
Witchcraft, Charming, Consulting Familiar 
Spirits, Wizards, Necromancer, Fire-worship- 
ng and its Consequences, Jannes and Jambre& 
;he two notable Egyptian Magicians .md 
Charmers, King Saul and the Medium in the 
Cave at Endor, I!)id Samuel Appear? Do the 
Spirits of the Departed Return? Are the Right- 
eous and Unrighteous together in the Spirit- 
worid? The Medium at Endor in a Sta: nf 
Clairvoyancy, Are the Spirits of the Dep u i. 
Ordajiied to teach the Living? Hislurv >i 
" Modern " Spiritism and Mediumship. 

The book has many good recommendations 
from those who ought to know what they are 
talking about. The examination we have giv- 
en it leads us to believe it contains much that 
will be helpful to those who read it. 





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Mount Morris, III., Jan. 14, if 




The Army of the Lord. By Sadie Brallit 



Tl.e Law of Love. By Ale.-c. \V. Kees<. 
-So." By F.D.Anthony 

By Rosie S. Hyei 

The Martyr Spirit. By W. B. Stover 

The Christian's Discipline. By John W. Ro' 
Tlie Drama o£ Life. By Mae Fishburn Clarki 
New Year's Day Thoughts. By Hannah Sniit 
Is the Lord Present? By Jasper Barnthoiise, 
How Should a Church Prepare lor a Revival M 

What Message Did Christmas Bring to Us? ] 
. Eternal Life.— Mark 10: 17. By D. L. Forney. 

^ Light- 

By C 



e o( the Injured Fin 
lice? ByA. W. Var 
. Aid Society. By ? 


Competent authority assures us that on one of 
the vessels lately dispatched from the United States 
to the Philippines there were twenty professional 
gamblers, several prize-fighters, a number of saloon- 
keepers and ten thousand casks "hi strong drink. 
Concerning this remarkable cargo from a land of 
civilization the Advocate of Peace pertinently re- 
marks: " This is our first invoice to 'our new pos- 
sessions.' They did not wait for the missionaries. 
They wanted to begin the work of ' civilization ' at 
once." It is to be hoped that civilization will prove 
to be more beneficial to these natives than it was to 
the poor Indians of our own country. Too often 
the vices of a civilized country are adopted by the 
untutored races, and prove to be their destruction, 
before the saving truths of the Gospel can reach 
them. How will it be with the Philippines? Shall 
the rumseller and gambler prevail, or shall the Gos- 
pel truths triumph? The issue rests with the Amer- 
ican nation. 

mg green. Here the orange, lemon, banana and 
other fruits grow luxuriantly. VVc spent an hour in 
a fine private park embracing nearly one hundred 
acres, and in it saw more beautiful plants and more 
fine trees and flowers than we ever before saw in 
one collection. The people seem to be happy, con- 
tented, peaceable and fairly industrious. Should 
we pass from the final judgment into a paradise, as 
delightful in appearance as the private park we saw 
on this island we would not feel disappointed in the 
least. But we are confident of something better, for 
in the.Sacred Record it is said, that eye has not 
seen, nor has it ever entered the heart of man what 
God has prepared for them that love him. So we 
hasten on to the realms beyond, feeling assured that 
the prepared paraaise of the saints will far excel 
anything that this earth can afford. 

parts ( 

While crossing the Atlantic, on our way home 
from Naples, a few weeks ago, it was our good for- 
tune to be permitted to spend a few hours on one 
of the delightful islands of the Azores. The Azores 
is a group of islands lying nearly one thousand 
miles this side of the Strait of Gibraltar. They are 
thus far out in the Atlantic, surrounded by that 
great body of water, and in their isolated condition 
constitute a little world of their own. The island 
we visited is called the San Miguel, which for 
wealth and beauty is considered the most important 
of the group. We have seen some of the most fa- 
vored regions of this world, but this lone island, far 
out at sea, excels anything we ever before saw. Its 
climate is cjiarming. Here frost is unknown and 
the summers are never excessively warm. The soil 
is deep and fertile and the lay of the country just 
rolling enough to render the appearance beautiful. 
The land is cultivated from the seashore to the tops 
of the hills, and the fields seem to be tilled as skill- 
full)' as a garden. In appearance it is a land of liv- 


uire years to 
elightful and 


We have kept our readers informed concerning 
the state of affairs in Cuba. At the beginning of 
the year this Government took formal possession of 
the island and will continue in control until a stable 
government can be formed. Just how long this will 
take cannot at this time be determined. The Cu- 
bans do not seem capable of self-government without 
some assistance, and this the United States will ren- 
der as her wisdom may dictate. Confidence is fast 
being restored and it is to be hoped that the peo- 
ple will soon be permitted to enter upon their vari- 
ous pursuits without molestation or intimidation. 
At this time the most favored parts of the 
districts are in a state of 
having been burned, the fer 
fields and orchards ruined, 
restore the country to its 
prosperous condition. The 

soil fertile and the possibilities wonderful. 
With restored confidence the tillers of the soil will 
return to their abandoned lands, and we may e.xpect 
to see a new and far more prosperous Cuba rising 
up from the ruins of the old government. Here 
will be a good place for some of our Brethren to lo- 
cate and plant the true standard of Christianity. A 
few of them, full of faith and energy, might settle 
m this favored land and build up the cause in the 
way that churches were first established in the West, 
not waiting to be sent, but go on their own respon- 
sibility, build up homes, live out the doctrine of the 
Bible, set up the family, Sunday school and congre- 
gational altars, and in this way plant the seed of the 
kingdom, and the Lord will help them to do the rest. 
There is no better way of building up the cause of 
Christ than going into a country, living among the 
people, and thus leading them to accept and obey the 
full Gospel. 

According to the constitution of the United 
States " neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, 
except as a punishment for crime " is permitted 
within her borders. Late reports from the Hawaiian 
Islands, however, bring out the fact that a system 
of contract labor prevails on the Islands that is, in 
fact, abject slavery. Ignorant laborers are brought 
from foreign lands under iron-clad contracts, to 
work on the plantations. If they find themselves 
unequal to their task and refuse to continue because 
of failing strength, they are sentenced to jail, just as 
they would be for the commission of a crime, 
e laborers, during the period of their contract, 
are practically slaves as much so as the negroes 
who used to feel the slave-driver's lash on our 
southern plantations. Some pathetic stories are be- 
ing told of the many uniBrtunate ones who were 
lured away from their homes in other lands by fair 
promises of pleasant and well-paying employment | 

on the Hawaiian Islands, only to find upon arrival 
that the pleasing assurances given them were ig- 
nored. The contract, as to labor, it appears, is en- 
forced to the very letter, to the. extent of compel- 
ling the laborers to work when unfitted by reason of 
bodily infirmity or exhaustion from undue exposure. 
Much like the promises of the Hawaiian plantation 
owner are the tempting offers of Satan. He holds 
out the cup of pleasure to the unsuspecting victims, 
and when he has drawn them from the way of truth 
he declares them to be his captives, and tells them 
they are " sold unto sin." 

It is well that a government be fully alive to ev- 
erything that will be for the good and the interest 
of its people. This thought seems to have actuated 
the Post-olifice department when plans were perfect- 
ed for conveying the mail across the. Continent in 
thirteen hours less time than heretofore, a' fast 
mail service has been arranged between New York 
and San Francisco, which enables the department to 
get its mail from New York to the Pacific coast in- 
side of 107 hours and ten minutes, or a little more 
than four d.iys. The first trip was made last week, 
the train pa.ssing from New York through Buffalo, 
Chicago, Omaha, Cheyenne and Ogden to San Fran- 
cisco, reaching its destination on time. The run 
was the fastest ever made between the Atlantic and 
the Pacific. At times the train made one mile a 
minute, and in one instance a mile was covered in 
thirty-seven seconds. This will prove quite a con- 
venience to the people living on the Pacific coast, as 
it will enable them to get their mail from the east 
nuich sooner than heretofore. It also shortens the. 
time between the Atlantic coast and the foreign 
countries to the west. The mail for the Orient and 
the islands is landed at New York, then rushed 
across the Continent, placed on an early steamer 
and soon reaches its destination on some of the 
islands or in China. Thousands of people will 
thank the Government for this special service, for 
we are all anxious to receive our mail at the earliest 
possible date. It would be well if we were equally 
anxious concerning the news that relates to the 
heavenly kingdom. 

To work for the benefit of future generations and 
ages is a noble impulse, and this is impressed on the 
traveler when contemplating the great value of the 
Bahr Joussuf Canal in I';gypt. As its name indi- 
cates, it was constructed under the direction of Jo- 
seph, and for 4,000 years its waters have endowed 
the land with such a fertility that it could well be 
said to " blossom as the rose." This canal not only 
waters the entire province of I-'ayoum, enabling it 
to support a large population all these centuries, 
but is also an important aid to commerce. It 
leaves the Nile at Assiut and runs parallel with it 
for 250 miles until it gains an eminence, as com- 
pared with the river bed, which enables it to turn 
westward through a narrow pass seventeen feet 
above the mean level of the river and enter a dis- 
trict which is otherwise shut off from the fertilizing 
floods upon which all Egypt depends. Ancient 
writers, such as Herodotus, Strabo and Pliny, de- 
clare that the construction of this canal not only 
furnished a channel of navigation and irrigation to 
an entire province, but moderated the climate so as 
to make it habitable for human beings. While not 
all can do a mighty work for succeeding ages such 
a* Joseph did, we can all do our part in having the 
" Water of Life " reach the barren places of earth, 
that there might spring therefrom a bountiful har- 
vest for the garner of the Lord. 



14, 18 

-y ESSAYS •-< -^— 

'Study lo show Ihysc 


With eager step and loyal mien, in newborn light of day, 
A mighty army, true and brave, from Zinn wend their way 
O'er hill and chasm and ocean deep, many a desert land, 
To journey forth in their great cause, a hopeful, trusting band 
With tlaming eye and dauntless brow, unflinchingly they go 
To fight the deadliest battle ever fought by foe and foe. 
They brace their soul, they nerve iheirhean the victory to win. 
And crush their enemy to earth,— the evil warrior Sin. 
No weapon gleams in all that throng or sword hangs by their 

No poisoned arrows cut the air or in their bosom hide. 
No scream of fife or beat of drum doth on the stillness fall; 
One mighty song alone they sing: " We crown ///;;/ Lord of 

On, on they inarch with ■ 

tread; the evening shado 

Around them, yet no soldier true may lay him down 
Hark! 'tis the bugle's note that sounds from yondei 

They meet their enemy at last— lo, it is midnight now! 

With faith unblanched they meet their foe; and in that deadly 

He who lo Moses was revealed within the burning bush, 
Speaks now unto their hearts— his words like many waters 

' Look up, my valir 


behold your feet tread holy 

I God; fear 1 


" Look up and know 

1 am your Captain! " Higher gleam the tablets of thi 
And as they bravely bear aloft that law of righli 
Gaunt sin and all his marshalled hosts advai 

them press. 

lighty rush, they fall against his battlements and towers. 
means that loud, disdainful shout; " The victory shall 

What burning pr; 

" Lord, give us p 

J that that pierces through the heavei 
give us strength: we cojiquer or it 

Faint not, ye loyol warriors great! Fight on, y 
Soon will the enemy be felled in an ignoble grave. 
The battle you shall surely win: then fight with one accord 
Til! all the host is vanquished by the army of the Lord. 
Johnslown, Pa. 


In Two Parts.— Part Two. 

My first closed with the thought of the saints 
taking part in the judgment. Sometimes people 
become confused with this idea when they read 
Rom. 14: 10, which says: " For we shall al! stand be- 
fore the judgment seat of Christ." But this does 
not prevent the saints from being judges when the 
time comes to judge the world. The case of the 
saints will come before Christ direct, when he comes 
to gather his jewels to himself. 2 Tim. 4; i says: " I 
charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Je- 
sus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead 
at his appearing and his kingdom." This applies to 
those who are living and also to the dead. For 
when he comes the dead in Christ shall rise, and 
the living shall be changed from moj-tal to immor- 
tal. See I Cor. 15: 51-55 and 1 Thess. 4: 15-17. 
This applies to what we read in Rev. 22: 12: " And be- 
hold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to 
give every man according as his work shall be." 
Here Christ gives to each of the faithful according 
to their works. And now they are ready to enter 
upon their respective duties, as priests and kings, 
and finally to the position of judges. 

And here we can easily see what is dark to many. 
We read in Matt. 10: 41. "He that receiveth a 
prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a 
prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous 
man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a 
righteous man's reward." The perplexing feaUjre 
about this is, how can God give every man accord- 
ing to his works, when here it says that one who 
did nothing but receive a prophet, and perhaps did 

no more than to give him a meal's victuals or a 
night's lodging, is to receive as much as that faith- 
ful man? Here let us see if we can't get a different 
solution of that. We must not forget that these 
prophets and righteous men (or saints) are to judge 
the world. Jesus has said, " Behold, I come quick- 
ly, and my reward is with me, to give every man as 
his works shall be." This means to the saints. 
Then each saint will receive Christ's reward, for he 
receives it from Christ. Then the saints in judging 
the world must also give rewards. Thus you see 
that the man who is judged by the righteous man 
receives his reward from the righteous man, and 
therefore receives the righteous man's reward. It 
is not equal to the righteous man's reward. But he 
receives it from the righteous man. This is on the 
same principle that the saints receive Christ's re- 
ward, because they receive it from Christ. And 
this makes it all easy and plain, and then there is no 
contradiction between this Idea and that of every 
man being rewarded according to his works. Christ 
of course, is over-all. and is therefore looked upon 
as chief judge, which he is. But each of the saints 
has his part to perform, the same as each workman 
has, under the principal workman. 

I am asked if there will be children among those 
who shall inhabit the earth daring the millennium. 
Is. 11:6-8 says, "The wolf also shall dwell with the 
lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; 
and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling to- 
g;ether; and a little child shall lead them. And the 
cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall 
lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like 
the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the 
hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his 
hand on the cockatrice' den." When the millennial 
period is come, there will be harmony among the 
animals, reptiles, and all living creatures. And yet 
we are told that we are in the millennial period now, 
ever since 1872. When that time comes then will 
Rev. 11: 15 be true, which says, " And the seventh 
angel sounded; and there were great voices in 
heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are be- 
come the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; 
and he shall reign for ever and ever." The saints 
are to reign with him a thousand years. Blessed 
time, O may I be there! 
Kcuka, Fla. 


of the Christia 

othing more distinctly characteristic 
religion than the spirit of forgive- 
ness and love. Were all the rest of the internal evi- 
dences of Christianity wanting, yet this remaining, 
it were sufficient to prove the divine origin of the 
religion of Christ. " By this shall all men know 
that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to an- 
other." John 13: 35. This is the declaration of our 
blessed Redeemer, Jesus, the Savior of men. 

Again it is stated, " If a man have not the spirit 
of Christ, he is none of his." What solemn words 
are these! As an unmistakable expression of these 
principles how grand the moral sentimerits formu- 
lated in the command, "Do unto others even as ye 
would that they should do unto you." And still 
again, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." 

A very talented, personal friend of the writer, 
(though a skeptic) made this declaration the chief 
objection to his acceptance of the Gospel. He in- 
sisted that it was an utter impossibility for any man 
to love another as well as he loved hiinself. He 
even made a personal argument to sustain his posi- 
tion. "If," said he, ''you loved your neighbor, a 
poor man, for instance, with a large and dependent 
family, struggling for existence, you would at once 
sell your farm and divide the money with /;/;«." 

But I assured him that, in my view at least, this 
would be neither religion nor good sense. Because, 
in the first place, I am not responsible for my poor 
neighbor's financial condition. If I were, if by any 
act of mine he had be^ placed in that condition, 
that would change the moral status of the case; 
then 1 would be compelled, as an act of justice, if 

from no other motive, to make restitution, to undo 
the wrong I had committed. But as his condition 
in life is due to no agency of mine, I can not be 
held responsible for that condition. 

Let us look a little further into the commmnstic 
proposition urged by my friend. It is not a new 
one. The theory has been advanced many times, 
especially by those who have no property to divide. 
It is a pleasing one to the intpecunious, especially to 
that large class of our unfortunate fellow citizens 
who, if not lacking in personal energy, might be 
termed shiftless. But not only is the theory of a 
common possession of goods an ancient one, but the 
experiment of such a state has been tried and found 
impracticable, as well as unsatisfactory in its result. 
It was tried in the early days of Christianity, among 
the primitive followers of Christ— full of love and 
zeal— but it would not work, and was finally aban- 
doned altogether. 

If such a scheme were attempted now it would 
result in no permanent good, either to society at 
Jarge, or to the impecunious individuals for whose 
special benefit the plan was undertaken. It would 
result in failure. If, for example, the entire wealth 
of the country were divided equally among the pop- 
ulation, how long would it be before everything 
would gravitate back to the financial condition that 
existed in the beginning? The shiftless, extrava- 
gant, and improvident would have squandered their 
portion — some of them, doubtless, like the prodigal 
son, "in riotous living" — while, in the meantime, 
the industrious, prudent and economical would not 
only have saved what they had gotten as their share 
in the general division at the start, but would have 
added to it. Thus, in the general wind-up of the 
system, society would come out at the same end of 
the hole that they went in^the result would be nil. 
The whole theory of commijnism of property is "a 
delusion and a snare." Financial talent is a gift 
that comparatively few people possess. It is like 
poetr)', music, painting, oratory — ox ^^r^y ox\iQx special 
talcid. It is a gift that is granted to the fetu and 
denied to the multitude. The proof of this aMertJor: - 
is found in the fact that the great majority of the 
human race are poor~zS^?cy^ ha\'e been poor, always 
will be poor. Our Savior recognizes this truth when 
he declares, "The poor ye have always with you." 
Poverty is perhaps the normal condition of man- 
kind. The reason is not far to seek. Comparative- 
ly few people kno%u the value of money, and fewer 
still know how to properly use or take care of it 
when they get it. 

Coming back^now to my skeptical friend's propo- 
sition, that of the impossibility of obeying the Gospel 
because " 710 man can love another rtj he. loves himself," 
let us see what is involved in this extraordinary (?) 
command. In the first place, the word " love," em- 
braced in the command, does not so much express 
an exercise of the affection as it does a rule of actiofi 
or conduct. In proof of this we have the parable of 
the Good Samaritan, given by our Savior, and his 
answer to the lawyer, " Go thou and do likewise." 
Here we see a practical solution of the problem. 

Again, we see this definition of the word " love" 
as a rule of conduct in the language, "This is Jhe 
love of God, that we keep his commandments." 
I John 5: 3. Again, our Savior rebukes certain ones 
who professed to be admirers of his doctrines and 
yet exhibited nothing in their daily walk to substan- 
tiate their claims: "Why call ye me Lord, Lord, 
and yet do not the things that I say?" By his 
plain and emphatic declaration he shows them both 
the absurdity and the hypocrisy of their professions 
of " love " for him. We are also commanded to 
''love the Lord our God with all our mind, with all 
our soul, and with all our strength." We are to 
make him the supreme object of our service, as well 
as affection. Is this possible? 

As to our affections simply, we can not love him 
whom we have never seen, with the same feelings of 
affection that we exercise towards tTie earthly ob- 
jects of our love whom we have seen. We can not 
love the Savior, who died for us, as we love our 
earthly brother, our earthly father and mother, or 
the beloved wife of our bosom. These we have 
seen and known and loved in the flesh. We can not 

Jan. M. 1899- 



do thi! 

with him, but I am comi 
of mcil and distress, I ni 
under all circumstances ; 
just as I would wish hii 
ditions reversed — he in 

anded to 

7 other 

if I would hope to 
vould hope to enter 
' beyond the silent 

, and, fortunately, w 
do so. But we can show our love to God and 01 
respect for his word by obeying his commandments- 
all of them— and we car 

Now let us come back to the " poor neighbor." 
I am //tJ/ commanded to do such a foolish thing as 
to sell my farm and divide the proceeds of the sale 
landed to help him in time 
[ commanded to treat him 
nd at all times and places 
I to treat me were our con- 
-he in my place and 1 in his. And 
this I can do; this I am positively commanded to do, 
and if I fail to obey, 1 shall not be held guiltless in 
the last great day. 

Moreover, I am to do this regardless of the moral 
character of the said " poor neighbor." He may be 
a drunkard, a grand rascal, the meanest man in the 
whole neighb.orhood, or even my mortal enemy. 
These facts do not release me from the obligation 
to do him good and not evil. I can do this. I 
ought to do this. I must do th 
secure the favor of God, if I 
the pearly gates into that city 
sea," where Christ is Lord and Light. The trouble 
with my skeptical friend, and with all who are in a 
state of nature, lies, not\n a lack of ability to obey 
the Gospel, but a want of inclination. This is why so 
many walk the broad road that leads to destruction, 
and shun the narrow way that leads to life eternal. 
May God help us all to knoiv and to do his will. 
Scranton, Pa, 



In reading John 3: 16 did you ever stop long 
enough to consider the amount of meaning this lit- 
tle monosyllable carries with it? How seemingly 
insignificant the word as used in this connection! 
-And yet how much the force of this scripture 
would be lessened if it were dropped! 

Sometimes little words, like little deeds, deserve 
the greatest attention and consideration. As confi- 
dence in the little word " not" (Gen. 3: 4) was the 
cause of sin entering the world, so the great depth 
of meaning of the little word " so," as used in the 
scripture referred to, measures the Power to destroy 
it. Do you ask what that Power is? Christ, "the 
Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the 
world." John 1 : 29. 

The meaning of God's "so" reveals to us the 
great design and end of the " work of God." 
Redemption! Redemption! And Christ Jesus is 
our Redemption. I Cor. I; 30. "Christ died for 
our sins " is the measurement of " God so loved the 
world." If we have not as yet comprehended the 
meaning of "so," as here used, we have yet to learn 
that he "that filleth all in all " is the synonym of 
Love. " For God is love " ( I John 4: 8, 16), and so 
great was his love for the rescuing of the world from 
sin " that he gave his only begotten Son, that who- 
soever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life." 

Naturally, love causes many persons to confer al- 
most any favor, or even to be deprived of almost 
any convenience in order that they may enhance the 
welfare and happiness of their friends. But there 
is no love so heaven-like as that which, in immi- 
nent necessity, will cause a person to lay down his 
life for his friends. Christ is a friend "that stick- 
eth closer than a brother," and so full and com- 
plete was his love for us that he " hath given him- 
self for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a 
sweet-smelling savor." Eph.5:2;John id: 1 1 ; 15: 13. 
Who of us can conceive of a greater favor than that 
which was bestowed upon us? An account of it is 
recorded in 2 Cor. 8:9. 

Do we appreciate this favor? Nothing short of 
a Christian life can mean that we really do appreci- 
ate it and that we shall finally be justified in the 
light of God. Oh, how many persons there are, 
' even within the circle of our acquaintance, who are 
" careful and troubled about many things" in this 

that hath my c 
is that lovetl 

he and the Sot 
Surely the d 

world, to the neglect of the " one thing needful!" 
This being true, it follows that each and every am- 
bassador for Christ has a work to do and a field in 
which to do it. "Knowing therefore the terror of 
the Lord," we should " persuade men;" for as some 
one has said, "Surely man, of all creatures, is the 
most stupid in those things which relate .to his sal- 
vation! " 

Let us learn what should be the great fact of our 
ing — love to God. If we love God in sincerity 
d in truth we will keep his commandments. " He 
mandments, and keepeth them, he 
le." John 14: 21. If we love God, 
ill reciprocate our love. Verse 21. 
martyred Stephen must have kept 
himself " in the love of God," for in his last mo- 
ments- he not only saw " the heavens opened, and 
the Son of man standing on the right hand of God," 
but "he fell asleep" with the loving, agonizing 
prayer on his lips for his persecutors, " Lord, lay 
not this sin to their charge." How similar was his 
prayer to that of the Christ for whom he died! 
Compare Acts 7: 60 and Luke 23: 34. Finally, 
brethren, let us live and die with the persuasion of 
Paul in Rom. 8: 38, 39. 
Eldcrton, Pa, 



" Israel h;ith sinned, and they have also transgressed my cov- 
enant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of 
the accursed thing, and liave also stolen, and dissembled also, 
and they have put it even among their own stuff."— Josh. 7:11. 

Every Bible reader is familiar with the story of 
the capture of the city of Jericho by the children of 
Israel. This was their first victory in the land of 
Caanan, and God claimed everything within these 
walls. All the silver and gold and vessels of brass 
and iron were to be put in the Lord's treasur)', and 
every living creature, except Rahab and her fainily, 
was to be destroyed by the edge of the sword, and 
the city burned with fire. The Israelites were strict- 
ly forbidden of God by the mouth of their leader, to 
appropriate to theinselves any of the spoils of the 
city, lest they " make the camp of Israel a curse 
and trouble it." Of the thousands of Israel that 
took part in the conflict only one was disobedient, 
and his sin, although a secret to himself, was suf- 
ficient to bring defeat and death at their next en- 
gagement a few days later. 

Joshua, disappointed and discouraged over the 
triumph of the enemy, complains to God for bring- 
ing them to this land to fall into the hands of this 
people to be disgraced. But the Lord calls him 
out of his despondency and plainly tells him that 
sin is the cause of their repulse at Ai, and unless 
they destroy the accursed from among them he will 
no longer be with them. Joshua at once proceeds 
by lot to locate the crime, and Achan, the son of 
Carmi, is singled out as the traitor. The condemned 
man, standing alone in his shame with every eye of 
Israel fastened on him, is urged by Joshua to frank- 
ly tell him all about his guilt, and give glory to God 
by making confession to him, for he is the offended 

Achan acknowledges his fault by saying, " Indeed 
I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and 
thus and thus have I done: when I saw among the 
spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hun- 
dred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty 
shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; 
and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst 
of my tent, and the silver under it." Josh. 7: 20, 21. 
Notwithstanding Achan's humble confession the 
sentence of Joshua was, " Why hast thou troubled 
us? the Lord shall trouble thee this day." And as 
an example of disobedience to future generations, 
Achan, with his sons and daughters, his herds and 
his flocks, and all that he had with the stolen goods 
was utterly destroyed. 

We to-day have the same God to deal with that 
Israel had, and he does not make any more allowance 
for sin now than he did then. If Achan's seeming- 
ly small sin was charged to the entire camp of Isra- 

el an'd discomfited it, though they were ignorant of 
the wrong, how much more will sin that is manifest, 
if allowed to pass by uniepented and unacknowl- 
edged, weaken the power and influence of the 
church! Her leaders are not like Joshua, visited di- 
rectly by the warning voice of God when corruption 
abounds within her ranks, but they now have the 
" perfect law of liberty " to guide them in directing 
the affairs of the Israel of to-day. And the reins 
of government are loosely drawn when her subjects 
indulge in forbidden things, "0! what will the 
harvest be? " 

How many, under the guise of Christian disciple- 
ship, are indirectly guilty of appropriating that 
which is not their own by transferring borrowed 
capital to some other member of the family for the 
sole purpose of prohibiting their creditors from col- 
lecting their dues! There are many who are not 
guilty of stealing a wedge of gold and hiding it, who 
buy the precious forbidden metal and wear it upon 
their bodies, which we are plainly commanded not 
to do. Is it not a lamentable fact that the voice of 
reproof is too feebly lifted against these and many 
growing evils that are making their inroads into the 

When the army of Israel removed unrighteous- 
ness out of their midst the Lord blessed them and 
prospered them in battle at their second effort at Ai. 
May it not be possible that on account of some 
istakes that have been made the Lord sometimes 
ithdraws from his people when protracted efforts 
e put forth for the conversion of sinners? 
Joshua's prompt action in cleansing the camp of 
rael oi its iniquity ought to be a lesson to the 
lurch when troubles exist not to put off " the bind- 
,g up of the wounds" and "the healing of the 
■uiscs " until the entire body is infected, the work 

retarded and precious souls 
dom of grace. Thirty-six li' 
Achan's sin. Who of us wot 
sponsible for the loss of one 
committed any wrong, let u 
confession, but let us make 
inay be forever too late. 
New Enterprise, Pa. 

kept out of the king- 
■es lost on account of 
Id want to be held re- 
ioul? If then we have 
i make Achan's noble 
t in time, for soon it 



A Rible .Vuili; 

Only three times do we find the word martyr in 
the New Testament; 

"The blood of my martyr Stephen was shed." 
Acts 22: 20. " Antipas was my faithful martyr." 
Rev. 2: 13. " Drunken with the blood of the mar- 
tyrs of Jesus." Rev. 17: 6. In these Scriptures, the 
Greek words marturos, martus, and marturon, respect- 
ively, are used. 

There are several others, where the same word 
is translated differently. I will use the original 

" Ye shall be martnres to men." Acts i : 8. 
" Whereof we are Mrtrft^rfj." Acts 3: 15. "And we 
are his martures." Acts 5: 32. " Ordained to be a 
martura with us." Acts 1 : 22. " His martures unto 
thepeople." Acts 13: 31. " So great a cloud of »m»-- 
tnron." Heb. 12: I. " He that believeth on the Son 
of God hath the marlurian in himself." I John 5: 10. 
"The faithful and true martus:' Rev. 3: 14. "Be- 
headed for the marturian of Jesus." Rev. 20: 4. 

He who will carefully look up these references 
will be convinced that true witnessing and martyr- 
ing are not very different. What a world of thought 
this opens up! I have not cited half the references! 
Next week's article on the same subject will make 
up for the brevity of this one. Be sure to read it. 

Bulsar, India. 

We may create, every s 
last week was spiteful anc 
may nevertheless be a n 
richness of love. If last i 
itable, and unforgii 

: days, a new world. If 
full of hate, next week 
w week, filled with the 
;ek was deceitful, unchar- 
:t week may be a Christ 


ach Monday there may be a new heav 
' earth. 

•xoEiE oosipexj n^EssEisra-Ei^. 

14, 18 



God is training upTiis children here. The educa- 
tion of his saints is the object he has in view. It is 
training for the kingdom; it is education for eternity. 
The pupil may not see the necessity of such patient 
suffering; just ns the blitheful boy on entering pub- 
lic school life, cannot see the advantage of being 
trained to sit quietly, and slowly learn from day to 
day the rudimentary elements; but these are very 
essential in reasoning with higher problems in after- 

As the child-mind develops, and is more and 
more absorbed in the task, the discipline loses its 
rigidity. So with the Christian. This discipline be- 
gins at our conversion. The moment we are taken 
into the fold it commences. " He scourgeth every 
son whom he receivcth." Heb. 12: 6. Although 
we may not always be conscious of it, as in the 
schoolroom the rod is not always applied, yet the 
discipline is going on. There is no wrath or ven- 
geance in any part of the process more than is nec- 
essary for the highest possible attainment of the 
student. The discipline of the school may be harsh 
and stern, and the teacher may inflict punishment 
that would be to the detriment of the pupil. But 
God, our true Teacher, knows exactly hoiu and ivhai 
to apply the rod for the best possible results. We 
are sure of this; and the consolation which it affords 
is inexpressible. There will be no needless suffering. 
Were this thought continually kept in mind there 
would be fewer hard thoughts of God amopgst men, 
even when his strakes were most severe. 

A very touching illustration of the feelings of a 
saint is that of Richard Cameron's father. The 
aged saint was in prison " for the Word of God and 
the testimony of Jesus Christ." The bleeding head 
of his martyred son was brought to him by his un- 
feeling persecutors, and he was asked derisively if he 
knew it. " I know it, I know it," said the father as 
he kissed the mangled forehead of his son. "It is 
my son's, my own dear son's! It is the Lord! Good 
is the will of the Lord, who cannot wrong me or 
mine, but who hath made goodness and mercy to 
follow us all our days." Oh could we be so thor- 
oughly disciplined, and say in such hours of agony, 
" It is the Lord!" 

This is no random work. God is controlling the 
time, the waj", the instrument, and by the most ex- 
quisite skill. It is the discipline of faithfulness. 
So said some of God's children of past ages: " In 
faithfulness thou hast afflicted me," said David. 
Psa. 1 19: 75. " Faithful are the wounds of a friend." 
said Solomon; and the believer finds in trouble the 
faithfulness of the truest of friends. God is so faith- 
ful that he will not pass by a single error that he sees 
in us, but will make it known that it maybe removed. 
He is too faithful a teacher to suffer the least de- 
fect in his children unreproved. The ease of pros- 
perous days invariably augments evil. " The rod 
and reproof give wisdom." Prov. 39: 15. 

Training of the mind is not effectually done until 
we perceive our ignorance. This is most always ac- 
complished by sorrow. We learn "songs in the 
night." Martin Luther, the great reformer, once 
said: " Were it not for tribulation I should not un- 
derstand Scripture." And every truly born child of 
God will respond to this, as having felt its truth — 
felt it as did David when he said. " Blessed is the 
man whom thou chastenest, and teachcst him out of 
thy law." Psa. 94: 12. " It is good for me that I 
have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." 
Psa. 99: 71. 

The most serious warfare is in the will. The will 
isjthe soul's citadel. Hence it is the ivitl that God 
more especially aims at. Fire after fire does he kin- 
dle to soften it; he_does not cease till he has it thor- 
oughly flexible, and every fibre of self is purged 
out. He will not be satisfied until mind, will, heart, 
conscience, all have undergone change. It is strange 
how fondly our hearts will cling to the creature. 
But this cannot be, God must have the heart; he is 
jealous of our love, and nothing but true-hearted 
love will satisfy. These false throbbings of the 

heart; these affections for objects that cause feeble- 
ness towards himself, he must correct, or forego his 
claim. Hence he smites till we are quite sensible of 
ourgnilt in this respect. He strips the leaves of beau- 
ty one by one, till the earthly object appears in its 
nakedness, and becomes repulsive; then he pre- 
sents himself to us in the brightness of his own sur- 
passing glory. Thus he wins our wayward hearts to 
him. We now become ashamed of our false-heart- 
edness towards God and Christ's vicarious suffering 
for us. 

This is no easy tramii 
t. Yet it (the heart) m 
s a very essential medii 
vork of discipline is ac( 

The heart bleeds under 
t be won. The conscience 
I through which the whole 
Tiplished. A seared con- 
science is a sinner's heritage. It is a deplorable 
condition! And yet this- sad state may exist in the 
professing Christian. The Holy Spirit gently smites 
the conscience, awakens the soul from its sleep of 
death, and then the struggles of conviction come. 
Then nothing but a full surrender will keep it tender. 
The moment we hold any reserve for self, or cease 
our pantings after God and perfect holiness, it be- 
comes hardened. God's desire, however, is to make 
it and keep it altogether tender, exceedingly sensi- 
tive to the very touch of sin. To effect this he af- 
flicts; and the conscience is struck. The death of 
the widow's son at Sarepta immediately awakened 
her conscience, and she cried to the prophet, "O 
man of God, art thou come to call my sin to remem- 
brance." \ Kings 17: 18. So God in disciplining 
his children touches their conscience, and forthwith 
it starts up into new life. Thus, in afflicting our 
conscience, our hearts feel something of God's esti- 
mate of sin, — feel it as did Peter when he " went out 
and wept bitterly." Matt. 26: 75. 
York, Pa. ■ 



Every morning the curtain rises upon the stage 
of human life. Each morning we hurry to take our 
places, and act our parts in the great drama of the 
world. Some are great and gifted, others poor and 
obscure. Some have such hard parts to play, while 
others step on and off the stage with light and fan- 
tastic toe; yet all have parts to play, well or ill, to 
receive the commendation or condemnation of the 
great audience who are watching them. 

Ever)' time the curtain " goes up " a new actor 
makes his first appearance. Every time it falls 
some one leaves the stage forever. How are we 
acting our parts? Let us each study our "acting," 
if it is not just right, and try to gain " praise " in- 
stead of the " blame." 

On some parts of the stage each day are enacted 
scenes of woe. Every hour there are death scenes, 
partings, wails and anguish. On another part are 
scenes of joy so rapturous that the heart must over- 
flow with transport. Long parted friends^sisters, 
brothers, mothers and fathers,— meet; hope revives 
in the sinking heart. They perform deeds of chari- 
ty, love and self-denial which make the spectators 
smile. There are deeds of temptation resisted, ov- 
er which they shout. 

Then a true soul leads some stray one back to 
virtue! Do you believe that ev^y great deed and 
noble action on the stage of life is applauded in 
heaven? Yes; for the angels are the audience, and 
each human soul an actor. 

Every hour upon the stage is born .some new 
hope, and an old one extinguished; some generous 
flame is kindled in the heart, or some tender germ 
of virtue crushed by neglect. Every night some 
soul is first tempted to ruin, some first crime is com- 
mitted. Every time the curtain rises some heart is 
breaking, some soul driven to despair, some home 
circle is broken, old ties are severed and new ones 

Some are drinking the cup of " love " which is 
life's only "wine," and others are drinking the 
black wine of death. The life drama of meeting 
and parting, joy and sorrow, bright hours and shad- 
owy moments is rehearsed on this broad stage of hu- 

Yes, we are all actors, representing some peculiar 
phase of life, and angel eyes are beaming upon 
those who learn how sublime a thing it is to " suffer 
and be strong," 

May we learn life's wisest lessons, so that, when 
we have played the closing scenes and the curtain 
shall fall to be raised for us no more, we shall joy- 
fully journey onward without fear into that realm 
where "we shall know as we are known." 

Roanoke^ III. 



' While waiting last evening on a business caller 
who had an engagement with me, I tried to improve 
my time by reading the Gospel Messenger No. 52, 
the last one of 1898. I read several articles, but 
none impressed my mind so much as the one head- 
ed, " An Evening in Retrospect." What was most 
impressive and first engaged my mind this morning 
in the article was the related criticism of an attempt 
of some one to express grief in poetry. The manner 
in which the dear sister says the criticism was ex- 
pressed is what set me to thinking. How often has 
the writer repented of and deeply mourned over 
similar acts. 

When love, sympathy and pity should have con- 
cealed, levity and amusement were encouraged at 
the expense of the unfortunate. A little sober re- 
flection over such conduct made me think, How sad- 
ly and disapprovingly the Savior must have looked 
on such conduct! When we enter into an examina- 
tion of ourselves with an honest heart, willing to be 
impartial and just, then we can see that we have of- 
ten failed to obey the first and great commandment, 
which, if obeyed, will naturally bring about obedi- 
ence to the second one. which is like unto the first, 
namely, " Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." 

When this divine characteristic is the ruling prin- 
ciple of our life, our criticisms will be prompted by " 
love,— love to God and man. Love for the cause of 
God in the redemption and salvation of souls will 
not keep us from being critical but it will make us 
just and impartial critics, with an eye single to the 
glory of him who is love, and whose love shed 
abroad in our heart, will overcome all desire for 
amusement at the expense of another. 

Another thought in the article was forcibly im- 
pressed on my mind, — lost opportunities. Perhaps 
the incidents that were unexpectedly associated 
with my work yesterday made this more impressive 
than it would otherwise have been. For several 
months I have been staying in Washington, a town 
supposed .to have about twenty thousand inhabi- 
tants, and situated in the western part of Pennsylva- 
nia, in a section of country abounding with oil and 
gas, amply supplied with schools, churches, mills, 
mercantile establishments, manufactories and appar- 
ently everj'thing pertaining to success in a financial 
and intellectual way. But one thing seems to be 
lacking here. It is the simplicity of religion as it is 
taught by the Author of our salvation and his holy 

My business brings me in contact with people of 
different classes and persuasions; so I have a chance 
to learn a little. Yesterday I was prompted to call 
at a house on my way, and I was kindly invited in 
and given a seat in a neatly-furnished room as soon 
as I had introduced myself and made my business 
known. Soon a nian came in the back way, and the 
lady who had been kindly listening to a further ex- 
planation of my business, quickly told him what I 
was engaged in. He seemed delighted as he lis- 
tened to Her, with a scrutinizing eye on me. 

I soon found that the people were Catholics. In 
answer to their inquiry I told them what church I 
was a member of. Thejpan quickly said he knew 
as soon as he saw me that 1 was a Dunker. He 
said he used to board with Dunkers at Marion, 
Ind., and he said they had him almost converted to 
their faith. "The Dunkers are all right," he said 
repeatedly. A feeling of sad surprise came over 
me when he said I was the first Dunker he had 


M, IS 


seen since he came to this place. He also seemed 
pleasantly surprised when, in answer to his question, 
I told him we had a churchhouse about nine miles 
from Washington. Is it possible that people who 
were once almost Dunkers can live a good \hile in 
a public place in a town like Washington and so 
near a Dunker church, and not know of its exist- 

What does all this mean? To me it means more 
than any of us want to be accountable for in the 
great judgment day. How have we been treating 
opportunities? How are we treating them still? 
Christ says to his disciples, " Ye are the light of the 
world. Let your light so shine that others may see 
your good works, and glorify your Father which is 
in heaven." In these days of extravagant living 
there is a peculiarity about every true and loyal 
member of the Brethren church that attracts atten- 
tion, and this attraction prompts inquiry, and inqui- 
ry brings information, light, and light opens the way 
to salvation. If our light is hid it will not guide 
others into the way we have found through the 
goodness of God and the light given us by some 
others who were more true to their Master than we 

Let us, by the help of the Lord, put forth our best 
efforts to improve our opportunities in every way 
for the salvation of souls. Let us use our money, 
land, children or anything that he has loaned to us. 
Use children, did you say? Yes, this is an oppor- 
tunity for parents, and children make the best kind 
of material if properly utilized. Raise them to be 
witnesses, missionaries, and if necessary martyrs 
for Jesus. This can be done. The Bible sustains 
me in this assertion. 

Washington, Pa. 



The above thought comes to me as I look at the 
actions and hear the words of men and women as 
they go through this life. Dear reader, do you ev- 
er stop to think that the Lord knows and sees all 
you do and say? When you go into the sanctuary 
he knows your purpose in going, and if your appear- 
ance is such that you would feel ashamed or out of 
place in the personal presence of Christ, just that 
much you should change your appearance, for the 
Lord is present. Your preparation for the service 
of God's house should be the same as though you 
expected to meet Jesus in person, for he is present. 

Every act of your life, every thought of your 
heart, and every word of your mouth is done, 
thought and said in his presence. Is it not wonder- 
ful how we sometimes behave ourselves right in the 
presence of Jesus, sometimes even worse than we 
would in the presence of some men? The Lord is 
present everywhere and is greater than all men. 
Then let us be more thoughtful and prayerful in this 
life, so that we need not fear to meet our Lord face 
to face in the life to come. 

Marklcysburg, Pa. 


As the time for revivals is here, some thoughts on 
the subject may not be out of place. If we expect 
any benefit spiritually, the right place to begin is at 
home. If we were looking for a dear friend to 
come into our home for a week or two, would we 
not make preparation to receive him and do all pos- 
sible for his comfort and happiness? 

Let us commence to weed out the evils that hin- 
der the progress of a good meeting. Let us get rid 
of envy, that i>/7/<t weed that chokes all love for one 

Malice is another very destructive weed. It is 
similar to the cocklebur, which is a very destructive 
plant if given but half a chance, and needs but little 

The weeds of untruth will spring up in those in 

whom we would least expecl them. Let each one 
cleanse himself of all the obnoxious weeds and let 
the beautiful flower of love grow until it will be a 
perfect wreath which will bind all of God's children 
closer together. 

Let us try to set ouv house in order. We have no 
abiding city here. We must all die, and after death 
the judgment. We must all give an account of our 
stewardship, and if we have been faithful over a few 
things God will make us ruler over many. * Let us 
take heed, then, to these little sins, " for it is the 
little fox that creeps in and destroys the vines." 
Let us, as little children, confess our faults to one an- 
other and forgive one another, which always makes 
peace and union. Where these prevail God will 
surely bless his children spiritually and a bountiful 
crop may be gathered. Let the first week be spent 
in examination and thorough consecration among 
the members. If their work the past year has not 
been in accord with the will of God they need not 
expect he will bless their labors with a rich harvest. 

The minister can not do it all; he must have the 
cooperation of all the members to assist him. The 
people of the world are watching the professed 
Christian to see if in his dealings and daily walk he 
is practicing what he professes; and if they see that 
he does not they are ready to say they are just as 
good as that man, and become disgusted with such 
professed religion and remain outside of the fold. 
I must say such professed Christianity is doing 
more harm to-day than infidelity. The infidel is 
worse to himself than to his neighbor. All that I 
have ever known are strictly honest and truthful. 
When we know these things it makes us blush with 

" Let your light so shine before men that they 
may see your good works, and glorify your Father 
in heaven." Let there be a thorough cleansing of 
all that might hinder the progress of a good meet* 
ing. God is a God of order, and each spiritual 
house must be in order before the Holy Spirit can 
come in and take possession of it. Let all attend, 
work and pray for the upbuilding of God's kingdom; 
then their labors will not be in vain, but sinners will 
come flocking home. 

Ottatua, Kans. 



Ij' is gone now into the irrevocable past, this 
most blessed and most sacred of all the days of 1898. 
What legacy has it left to us with which to con- 
front the demands and requirements of the new 
year upon whose threshold we now stand? 

Has it, indeed, brought to us a message of peace, 
the " peace which passeth understanding " and 
which no rough contact with the world can either 
dim or take away? Has it given to us the good xmtt 
which makes the human family a great brotherhood 
and every man our neighbor? Has it brightened 
and illuminated the " Glory to God" in our hearts, 
which shall mjke our lives an endless song of 
praise to him— a song which shall echo through all 
time and eternity? Has it purified our hearts from 
every unholy thought or feeling? Has it lifted 
from our souls the debris of broken hopes and shat- 
tered faith and cherished plans leveled in the dust? 
" Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried 
oursorrows." Isa. 53: 4. Has it given to us an add- 
ed portion of the wonderful gentleness, the quiet 
lack of self-consciousness, and the all-absorbing 
love of every one of God's creatures which were 
such distinguishing characteristics of the Savior 

All these and more may be ours. " He shall pro- 
long his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall pros- 
per in his hand." Isa. 53: 10. Surely grief and sor- 
row are banished from our hearts. We hear echo- 
ing through our lives again and again the refrain, 
" Rejoice, and be exceeding glad." How can we 
feel downcast or oppressed in the light and realiza- 
tion of this most wonderful revelation that the infi- 
nite love of the eternal God is ours, this love which 
was great and broad and deep enough to compass 

earth with its suffering and sin-stained humanity? 
If the Babe of Bethlehem has not been born in our 

hearts, there has nt 
not even though 01 
the frosts of many 
upon our temples. 
Goods Mills, Va. 

?er been any Cliristmas for us, 
■ heads be bowed with age and 
vinters have touched the locks 

•••SERMON • OUTLINE ••■••• 

ETERNAL LIFE.-Mark 10: 17. 

1. Eternal life— something man does not possess naturally, 
(a) An aching void in sinner's heart. 

2. Desire for even iianiral life. 

(^) What we do to have and liojd it. 

(«) WliL'ti sick llu-liest physician. 

(t) Attempt to be rid of life, abnormal. 

3. Desire for future life implantctl. 

(fl) North American Indian. Happy hunting ground. 
{I}) Heathen mind believes m future state. • 

(r) Socrates believing it drank the poison hemlock. 

4. How secured? 

(n) By new Birth. John 3; t-6. 

(*) By partaking of Christ. John 17: 3; 6: 40, 53- 

(c) Accepting God's gift. Rom. 6: 23. 

5. When secured? Here and now.- 

(a) " Hath eternal life," ha! now. John 6; 54. 
{b) " May know ye have " now. i John 5: 13. 
((:) Heaven on earth. Eph. l:3;2-. 6. A pious Scotchman 

being asked, " Do you expect to go to heaven when you 

die? " replied, " Why, man, I live there." 

6. Death is not, then, an end of life but an entrance to higher 
and IuIIlt life, i Ccir. 15: 54, 55. 


Christ and Nicodemus.— John 3: 1-16. 

Uisonforjan. 13. ,Sm. 

In our former lessons we have Christ born, the be- 
ginning of his ministry and the character of his 
work, or the first manifestation of his power. In 
this one we have a new line of thought. The begin- 
ning of the effects produced through his preaching, 
as shown on the lives of those outside of those di- 
rectly called as his disciples. And the feature of 
the new Gospel as preached was that of the m-tv 
birth. Nicodemus was probably the first real con- 
vert under the new doctrine. And of this 
the circumstance becomes one of great importance. 

Although we are told that he was a man of prom- 
inence by lineage, birth, position and intellectual at- 
tainments, yet we need not wonder that the new 
doctrine was to him a strange one. And yet, per- 
haps not altogether strange, as he evidently was an 
inquirer, though a Pharisee and one that was looked 
upon as being a good man among the best. Just 
how often he had seen and heard Jesus we do not 
know, but he had heard enough to make him a seek- 
er. And that means much. Seekers generally are 
finders, especially when it is after light for the soul. 
Into his soul the light had already penetrated, and 
it was the thing that his soul wanted. Hence he 
started in pursuit. He wanted to know what it 

/ould give that which 
would do this not so 
ay through the dark- 
rd Christ talk in the 
of the day: and if so 

would lead to, and whether it v 

he felt he needed. If we all 

iriany would be groping Iheir « 

ness of sin. Probably he hea 

temple during the early part 

he was so full of the new things which he heard that 

he could not be satisfied until he understood more ■ 

about them. 

There has been much conjecturing as to why he 
went to Jesus by night. And, as usual, the worst 
po-ssible construction is, by many, placed upon it,— 
that he was afraid and ashamed to go by day. And 
out of this interpretation we have many finely-spun 
theories, and sermons with striking applications. 
Of course, the narrative does not say any such 
thing. And perhaps the strongest ground that can 
be adduced for the assumption is that such would 
have been our reasons for going after night instead 
of by light of day. It is often this way that we are 
in the habit of interpreting the actions of others. 



And wc do not say that this conclusion is not a true 
one, because we don't know. Hut we do know that 
there are a number of other reasons to be given that 
are quite as plausible as this one. 

He may have been very busy during the day, as 
public men of his standing generally were, and as a 
matter of convenience he went at night when he had 
leisure. Again, because of the importance of the 
subject he may have wished for more time for the 
interview than he could have had during the day. 
And it may have been his special desire to have a 
private interview with the Master on a subject that 
was so personal as this was to him. And, further, 
night-time more strongly carries convictions home 
"lo the soul— Nicodemus is not the only one that 
went to Jesus by night with a burdened soul. 

As said before, we don't know why it was that he 
went to Jesus by night. Neither do we know his 
intentions in going. But we do know what hap- 
pened, and also what Jesus taught. His surface 
object in going to Jesus was to confess his faith in 
him as being the Son of God. And the immediate 
cause of his conversion to this belief was the mira- 
cles which he had seen performed. He was a man 
of education, observation, and ripe experience, and 
he felt sure that no man could perform the miracles 
which he saw performed by Christ " except God be 
with him." This confession was satisfactory to the 
Master and he opened up to him the thing he want- 
ed to know. And the answer given by Christ im- 
plies a question from Nicodemus. Knowing that a 
new kingdom was about to be established and that 
the newly found Christ was to be the king, he wants 
to know how he may become a subject. And the 
answer to it is plain and direct. There is only one 
way: " Except a man be born again he cannot see 
the kingdom of God." The language is plain 
' enough, but how can it be? Of course, accepting it 
in the literal way in which he did. it was an unsolv- 
abie problem. It could not be. And we need not 
wonder at the answer, " How can these things be? " 
But after being told that this new birth was to be of 
water and the Spirit, the thought was made more 
evident. And yet how many are there still who to- 
day know less about it than did he! 

To be born again is the great doctrine of the re- 
ligion of Christ, — so great that the wisdom of the 
world cannot comprehend it, and yet so simple that 
a child may experience its power. The starting 
point is a knowledge of our true condition, that we, 
in our natural condition, are sinners, and that before 
we can become children of God and subjects of the 
kingdom of Christ we must experience a change of 
mind and heart. This sinful condition we learn 
through the Word and the Holy Spirit. A feel- 
ing comes to us that we need a Savior, that we have 
been sinners, that God is angrj' with us because 
we have not loved him. and that if we die in this 
condition we will be lost. We feel sorry for our 
sins, we repent and decide that we will cease sin- 
ning and give our heart, affections and all to Christ. 
Our minds are now changed, and our purposes are 
changed. As a physical evidence of this change we 
have the birth of water in baptism into the name of 
the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost; and 
the spiritual birth, in the reception of the Holy 
Ghost after our baptism. " And ye shall receive 
the gift of the Holy Ghost." Just how these things 
can be is not readily seen, but they may be felt to 
the joy of our souls. h. b. b. 



Nothing humbles me and awes me so completely 
as to contemplate and attempt to conceive the won- 
derful majesty of God's Holy Book, the Bible. Dr. 
Adam Clarke has said: "A good man could not 
have written the Bible and a bad man would not 
have written it." 

It is most wonderfully written. It contains sixty- 
six different books, written by many different 
authors, who were born in different countries, who 
lived in different ages, and who were surrounded by 
vastly different circumstances and conditions. Yet 

throughout the whole of it there is that wonderful 
symmetry and harmony and fitting of one book 
with another, that enables us to ascribe its author- 
ship to none but God himself. None but God could 
have wrought such a work. None but God could 
have breathed into it such loftiness of sentiment, 
such beauty of expression, such magnificent ideals 
of human character. None but God could have un- 
folded such revelations and made such promises as 
are in this Book. None but God could have given 
it such power, such dignity, such authority. 

No other book iias lived to such classical age. 
The Pentateuch, the five books written by Moses, 
contains more of the first three thousand years of 
the world's history than all other books combined. 
These and the book of Job antedate all other books. 
The other parts of the Bible have been added by 
God, through his servants, from lime to time, as the 
great plan of man's redemption has been unfolded 
and although covering such a great lapse of time, 
although passing through periods in which men,* 
steeped in idolatry and gross crime, used every pos- 
sible means to destroy it; yet it has come down to 
us and is to-day preserved so complete and so per- 
fect that you cannot add to it or take from it with- 
out marring its sacred beauty and detracting from 
its practical worth to man, for through it all like 
a golden thread runs the life Christ Jesus. 

There is no history like that of the Bible; in our 
modern histories we put in all the good things about 
a nation or a man that we can think of and leave 
out all the bad. But when God wrote about a man 
he told of his sins and his failures as well as his 
good and noble deeds. 

There is no poetry like that of the Bible. Com- 
pare Shakespeare or Milton or Longfellow with the 
" Sweet Singer of Israel," or with Job, or with the 
Apocalypse, and one is impressed with the superior- 
ity of the sacred writings over the human. There 
are no maxims like those of the Bible. There are 
no prophecies like those of the Bible. 

All law and all government arc based up- 
on and have their origin in the Bible. Notwith- 
standing the breadth and depth of this Book; not- 
withstanding its wonderful magnificence, yet we are 
made to exclaim, " How remarkably simple and 
plain in its style!" I once knew an old lady who 
had never been to school a day in her life. All her 
years had been spent in toil. Yet she had somehow 
acquired a little knowledge of letters, and although 
she had no taste for modern books or papers, she 
would sit for hours reading her old-fashioned Bible 
and meditating on its sacred truths. So I have 
known a number of old fathers and mothers in " Is- 
rael " who, with meager education, would study the 
Bible and become enraptured with its holy senti- 
ment. To them it was an open book. It was "a 
lamp unto their feet and a light unto their pathway." 

How about us of the j'ounger generation, who 
have had all the advantages of our glorious free 
schools, who boast of our learning and intellectual 
attainments? Is the Bible a delight to us, or is it 
dry or uninteresting or hard to understand? So 
often we hear people say: " Oh, I know the Bible is 
all right, it's a good thing; but somehow I can't 
understand it. I cannot get interested in it." Do 
you know why? It is because they are not in 
harmony with God. The music of their souls has 
not been tuned to chord with the melodies of 
heaven. We don't read enough of the Bible to get 
interested in it. The tendency of human nature is 
to get wrapt up in the things of this world and for- 
get God and his Word, to feed on the husks of the 
world and starve the soul, — to enter the mad rush for 
wealth as though we intended to own the earth. 

The greatest possession this nation has or ever 
will have is the Bible. 'It gave us all the comforts 
and learning and great improvements of our ad- 
vanced civilization. Do you believe that? If not, 
then compare this nation with the nations of hea- 
thendom that know little or nothing about the Bi- 
ble, and be convinced that it is true. Is this all that 
the Bible does for us? Far from it. It leads the 
soul to be liberated from the bonds of sin and 
teaches it the way of life eternalT 

But why all this argument in favor of the Bible? 

Because of the need of its study. So much time is 
spent in reading newspapers, magazines and cheap 
books that there is a dearth of Bible study in the 
home. It has been crowded out of our public 
schools. • God pity the legislatures that have voted 
it out of the schools of this nation. It stands as a 
blot upon the fair fame of our glorious Union. And 
it is being crowded out of the Sunday school. 
Crowded out of the Sunday school? Yes, it is. 
" Oh," sa)'S some one, " we have leaflets and quar- 
terlies in our Sunday school." Yes, I know you 
have, and the devil rejoices over it too! The use of 
the lesson help in the class room is a misuse of 
these aids and, more than any other one thing, leads 
to superficial study. And leading lights in the Sun- 
day school world will verify this statement. John 
Wanamaker, of Philadelphia. Superintendent of the 
largest Sunday school in the world, says; " In my 
judgment, lesson leaves ought never to be brought 
back into the Sunday school after they are taken 
home. The work of the study of the Bible ought to 
be with the Bible itself." 

Many other prominent Sunday school workers, 
our own Brethren included, might be quoted. But 
suffice it to say that the people are not 1-ed to the 
study of the Bible as they would be if it was used 
in the recitation instead of the leaflet or quarterly. 
I do not wish to argue against the proper use of 
quarterlies or commentaries or good Bible helps of 
any kind, but against their misuse. They are very 
helpful in preparing the lesson, and that is what 
they are for. But it is most painful to an earnest 
lover of truth to see a Sunday-school teacher come 
before his class, ask the questions that are printed 
in his quarterly and have the pupil turn over to the 
comments and read the answer. Is it any wonder 
that young people, full of life and originality, 
should tire of the Sunday school and in its stead 
seek places of amusement? Is it any wonder that 
scholars don't study the lesson? Why, they don't 
have to. They can read the answers; they have 

Too often we are simply trifling with God's Word: 
We rush along amid the busy cares of this life, for- 
getting that God wants some of our time in which 
to think seriously. He wants us to study his Word 
and meditate upon him and his ways. But instead 
of that we are giving him only the tag ends of our 
time, our talent and our money. 

The men and women of the next generation are 
in the boys and girls of this generation. Hence it 
behooves us as Sunday-school workers to teach 
them to love and reverence this great Book. Teach 
them that they may not be ashamed of it and to. car- 
ry it with them. And we don't know how much 
good we may do by this simple act. I believe there 
are many professed Christians, and some of those 
are amongst the Brethren, whe are actually ashamed 
to carry a Bible, 

There are reform movements and societies spring- 
ing up all over the country, aiming to oppose some 
of the great evils of the day. Their motives often 
seem to be good, but I have wondered at times if it 
were not all wrong. Vice is hydra-headed. It 
manifests itself in many different ways. And to 
create a new society to fight every evil that arises is 
dividing our forces. It seems to me like chopping 
off the limbs of a great tree when trying to killit; 
while the true philosophy of the matter would be to 
lay the ax at the root, and thus kill the entire tree. 
Hence I believe that to inculcate into the hearts 
of people the truths of God's great Book will strike 
at the root of all evil. Pride, the saloon, gambling 
dens and all forms of evil must go. 

Some Sunday-school teachers may argue that it is 
impossible to hold the attention and interest of the 
class without the use of lesson helps. But I believe 
not. I believe the best way to create and hold the 
interest is to have the Bible alone in the class. This 
will produce originality and independence of 
thought. It lifts the recitation above mere mechan- 
ical form and gives it life. Some of the best schools 
that I know are, as much as possible, using nothing 
but the Bible in the class room. God will exalt^he 
school that exalts his Book. 

Lcxiiigion, III. 

Jan. 14. 1899. 


General Missionary 

...Tract Department. 


Enoch Eby, ■ Kansas I L. \V. Teeter. Indian: 

D.L.Miller, Illinois | S.F.Sanger. Virgrini; 

A. B. Barnhart, Maryland. 

> General Missionary and 

If you knew this year were to be tht las' 
)ne of human history, how would you spend it, 

appreciate the labors of 

le the awful isolation in which they live they 
uld have more of our sympathy, our prayers, 

Christianity has only one test service,— to 
die for Christ, to work for Christ, to be always 
repeating Christ's great mission to the world. 
" Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? " 
Watch a door, light a lamp, or preach thy 
Word? Wouldst thou make me a great thun- 
der voice to the age, or wouldst thou have me 
teach what little 1 know of thy kingdom by pa- 
tient suffering, by heroic patience? Not my 
will, but thine, be done; only dismiss me not 
from thy service. 

sscIlch..J5: Snsit 
North Solomon el 
; M. E. Michael, 1 
hrcn at Ashland. 

Wanipter. Bra^il- 
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F3.80; Coqiiille ch.. 

Oregon.— Myrlle Point S.S., 

Iowa.— Panther Creek ch 

Nbbk -Anna L. Uryant, Odell 

Children's Mission, as reported in Y. D.. 


nold. i 

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nts; J. J. \\»\ 

Whenever you find yourself becoming de- 
spondent over your lack of progress in the di- 
vine life, look into your own heart and resolve 
to consecrate yourself more fully to the Lord's 
work. Activity is the best remedy fordespond- 

ProfanJty is forbidden by both army and 

navy regulations of the United States. Good 
manners, — to say nothing of Christianity,— 
should dictate to all that profane language is 
not in harmony with the character of a true 

Some alarm is felt by the Christians in Al- 
bania and Southern Servia at the threatened 
invasion of Turkish troops to be sent by Abdul 
Hamid to correct alleged uprisings in s 
parts of Macedonia. It is feared that Ihi 
ligious intolerance and blind hatred of the 
Turkish troops will cause them to commit dep' 
redations which will be felt most severely by 
the inoffensive Christians, in no way to bl; 
for the difficulty now existing. 

A company of Mohammedans in northern 
India were discussing the work of the Christian 
schools and, pointing to one of them, said: "If 
we could have our way we would go there in a 
body and pull down the building brick by 
brick until not one remained upon another." 
A Hindu standing by said, " You might do that, 
but you could not pull down the power behind 
the bricks,— the powerof the Christian religion." 

Good progress is being made by the Eng- 
lish and American missionaries in Armenia 
particularly in training the people to Anglo- 
Saxon ways. The Industrial bureau and or- 
phanage at Van is a great success. Cotton 
spinning is now given to 750 women, and in ad- 
dition 600 looms are kept running to turn the 
yarn into cloth, A daily dole of bread is given 
to 320 persons, many of them blind or old and 
enfeebled, and quite unable to work. Last 
year rations were issued to 2,000 persons. In 
the orphanage 350 children are housed. 

^Froln the Field -^^ 

Atlanta, Qa. — The average attendance at 
Sunday school fortbe month of December was 
77. We are anticipating soon to be in a larg- 
er and better hall.— jV/ary ^- Martin, lyy Alex- 
ander St., Jan. 2. 

Chicago, III Work here contmues in inter- 
est. We held a two weeks' series of meetings 
the last week of November and first week of 
December, and had very good interest. — W. 
R. Miller, 466 Jackson Boulevard, Jan, i. 

Palestine, Ark.— We met with the Father's 
children at Carlisle, Dec. 3 and remained with 
them until Dec. li, preaching, in all, nine ser- 
mons. The congregations were small the first 
of the week, on account of rain and dark nights, 
but wc closed with a full house. The mem- 
bers at that place need the sympathy and pray- 
ers of the faithful, for they have many discour- 
agements to meet. The work is moving along 
nicely at Palestine.-/. //. Ncher, Dec. 31. 

Qermantown, Pa.— We have had i 
sickness to contend with. Three of our chil- 
dren were sick at one time, but are better t( 
day. " Grippe" is epidemic in Philadelphi 
and there is much sickness. It was estimate 
last week that there were 40,000 cases of sicl 
ness in the city at one time. Our Memorial 
Anniversary Services are causing widespread 
interest. Some of our city papers are giving 
two to three columns of space to our servici 
—G. N. Falkcnstcin, 6611 Gertnantown Av 
Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 3!. 

G, Fill 

I. A. Stoudcr. Socents; totnl ,. . 


III.— Daniel Bnrrick, Byron, so cents; Zack 
olc, Ellsworth. *3.So: Mnry Young. Oregon. X\\ 
Franklin Grc 

■. Fislib 

" . Ov'crl 

: Cath- 

rs. Harley, 
V. Martin, Voeansvilk-, ?i: M 
ents: Sarah M. Griffin. Mount 

Cal.-I.E, Bosserman.Gleii. 
inker, San Francisco, I2; tolal, 

iND.-Mallnda Siinimy, Chini 
lah F-yer, Goshen, 50 cents; Mrs 
ille, fi; David Flory, Adamshi 

ora.$S;C. H. 

tie. io cents: I 
Philip Amick. 

Mo.— Nanni 

Iowa, -Eli; 

-Jos. L. Myers. Harlan, ?i.zo; 
i. English, ( J. H. Gr.idy, ' is Rrcull)' nctik-d In order that 
ilii moro (■fk-clunl work and havo 
hthk.uimiI lioiisi'. I'tio Conimitlee 

. (rso; Mary P. Back, %i\\ 

Ohio.— Logan S. S., '. , 

loWA.-Des Moines Valley S. S.. 
Wis.-Niincy Roby. River Falls. 
Mu.-John E. Otto, Shnrpsburg, 

Kan9. , Caney 


Kans.— Maggie Shirk, Donegnl, 40 cents; Elvn 
li;rr. Doiiug.ii, 5a cents; Ivan Herr, Donegal, 51 

t; CI a; 

, Na\ 

. 75 

, U:il 

; Centc 

. Ebei 

I Kel- 

Mission Receipts for Dec. 16 to 31? 1898. 

[Money donated to this fund will be used at home 01 
abroad as neceas 

II be Mell ^ 

Qeraldine Quinness, traveling down one of 
the rivers of China, anchored one night in the 
port of a large city beside a number of small 
boats. After supper the women gathered on 
her boat and she spoke to them of Christ and 
his salvation. About midnight, as she lay 
awake in her boat, she heard the women talk- 
ing in the boat next to hers. At last all grew 
still except the voice of one young Chinese girl 
who kept saying over to herself the truths heard 
that night for the first time, that she might nev- 
er forget them. Miss Guinness heard her say 
distinctly, " Jesus can forgive sins. Jesus ten- 
derly cares for us. Jesus can keep us in peace 
and after death take us to heaven." 

Family worship is of great importance but 
how often, alas, it is neglected because of a 
pressure of business and worldly care. An ex- 
change suggests the following: " By all means, 
even if the Christian father is apt lo be in- 
clined to carelessness by pressure of business 
duties, the mother, who appreciates the value 
of family worship the most, should endeavor to 
hold him to this beautiful and helpful custom. 
It may need on her part peculiar tact in ar- 
ranging her household duties and perhaps 
some decided inconvenience, but it will pay a 
hundredfold. Men as a rule are more care 
less than their wives in these religious duties 
and so they need help and encouragement.' 
^ By all means, sisters, see lo it that the home al 
tar is not neglected, but let it be a Bethel,— tht 
" very gate of heaven." 

£ deslgnal 

needed, and it is hoped that 
e acknowledged under this 

lart, 70 cents; Hugh 
Moines Valley S. S., 
port, *2; Joseph New- 
iary A. Troxei, Mel- 

;. ?2: Panther Crtek ch„ Si-So; a sister. 
»:S.S. Long, South English. %%; Fai 

1 sister. Wasliing- 
.3^; lacob Mineely. 

cents; G. \V. Kephart. AI- 

;1 S, S., ?17: Susan B. Lah- 
a sister,Somcrset,$i;tat3l, 
, Byron. *3; Jacob Barrick. 

,■ Fuller, Oakwood 
. S. class, Gre 
lew Pbitadelphia, 
?.So: Palestine d 
iroveS. S.. Ji,;D;u 


Ella B. Schlichei 
$3.18; Pipe Creei 
Edna Mills. ?i.3o; Dai 

S. S-, S8,63; D. D. Blie 


ville. *zo; total. 
Wash.-A sis 

Mrs. Jos. Crist. New Marl 

English. *i.So; D. W. 
irber, N. English, ?i. 50; C, M, Badger. Panther, 
.20; Hannah C. Badger. P.inther, 60 cents; W, A. 
lough. Waterloo. «3; Jacob Lichty. Eagle Center, 
=;JohnJ.Berklcv, Calvin, 16: S. Homer, Kings- 
y, *i.iQ;JohnFike. Calvin. |6; A. J. Lichty, Cal- 
n, 16; P, B. Forney. Moulton. »i.zo; Daniel Fry, 
airison;?3: U, S. Blough, Calvin, ?i.2o;I. D. Tros- 
E. Pietson, ti.2o;n. E. Fox. Laurens, *; Pe- 

. Geiinan. Westminster, *3: Jo''" D- 
linstor. *3;J.S. Herslibcrger, Grants- 
ordecai C. McKinstry, Union Bridge, 
I) Koop, Union Bridge, %\%\ Anna 

1 Bridge. ?I5; total 

-liBhiand, *6: Ell NIs- 


, Mill 

, We! 

F. A. 

13; Geo: A. Hall, Batdorl, I1.20; Silas Weidman. 
Burbank, l!i.2o; John O. Warner. Center. 
Mrs. Geo M. Weidler. Ashland. «: Jesse K. Brum- 
baugh, Union. ?i.2o: Silas Billman, West Carrolton, 
?i .20; Solomon Rodabaugh, New Stark. ».t.6o; B. F. 
Snyder. Bcilclontaine. (; Perry McKimmcy, 
Melamoia. $i.3o; G. H. Shidlcr, Ashland, 50 cents: 
Joseph Cayior, Bcllefontaine, Lydia Wert/. 
Friendsvillo, *i.3o: Abednego Miller, Dgcraft, (1.80: 
John W.Lehman. Jewell. *i.2o; Henry and Wal- 
ter Lehman. Jewell, »i.m; Abrara Minnick. Paint- 
er Creek, *i.m; Wm. Kieplnger. Dayton, »3i Cath- 
arine Kesler. Pleasant Home. «3: lotal 

IND.-Andresv Fouts. Denver.W: Eli Fonts, Chili. 
*i.So;S. N. Keplogle, Hagerstown,?3; W. K. Sim- 
mons, Union City. ¥1.60: B. F, Schill. Bowers. 
?i.m; Newton Woli, Somerset, ?r.So: James K. 
Cline, Markie. I12: J. D. Rile, Converse, li,«; total, 

Pa.-W. C. Hanawall. Holiidaysburg, U-V>-- J- '■ 



c Replogle. W 
;rprise. iy, C 
»m Solienbergi 
i;r. Myersdale, 

rlS. Gri; 

t Citrc 

, Unio 

-JohnBrubaker, Girard, (3; H. Snell, Giraid. 

L. L, Clai 
•earl City, 
tiley Briib 

1; L. H, B 

'. Slut/ 

. Cerr 


,1. Price. Franklin Grove, 5,3; A. L, Moats. 
tiver.*i.2o: Wm. E. Trostle. Stratlord.*j.2o;. 

ilickenslaff, Cerrogord* %y. total 

Va.— Letiie A. Liskcy, Mai 

John G. Kline, Broac 

»; B 


; John S. 

N. DAK.-John W. Graj 
Nebr.-I. L.Miller. Cai 
Ala.— J. M. Stover, Frui 
Cal.-J. S. Kuns. Gov 

:ovina, (1.20: total, . . . 
Kans.-T. N. Beckner, 1 

lulia A. Frame. Ottawa. J 
Wash.-A sister, Guy, 

.50; Sarah Kui 
^ Springs. 60 CI 


L.-Vellow Creek ch 

,vA.-Franklin County S.S 

unil^. I*;iiuu Stc.>» 1. lM.iu|,.isc. *i; Joseph K. 

— — , Hope, *i; K.iy TroNtlc. Hope. 25 cents; Ma- 
ry A. RlKey, t)l.-in,e. ?i5; lotal I 

4.Nn.-Nappnnee S. S., I20: Pyrmonl Sunday- 
school workers, 7S cents; Edith Swart/, Goshen. 
»; total 

lowA.-Anna Flory. N. English, 71 cents; Pan- 
ther Creek ch., t2.6o; Precious ^uck. la; Minnie 
Long, ti; John Shick. 60 cents; Mary Shirk. 60 
cents; Nannie ShIck, (10 eenls; Oscar Long, as 
cenls; John Long, ti; Carl SIpe. 50 cents: 
B.ier, I2; Hairy SIpe. so cents; 

Okia,-P, P. Kern. Blackwell 

Onii.-Myrlle Point S.S 

Micn.-Gracc E. Musscn, 88 ccntssNclllc Cassel, 
tt. so; Ruby Smith, zS cents; Mary Halm, so ccttlB, 

NiniH.-VlornS. S 

Pa,-G. W. K. and Q. K,. Altoona. 2s cents; G. 
W. Kephart, Altoona, (2; total 

Oiiro,-Mnrl City S.S.,6S cents., H. B. Brewer, 
Peebles, li; total, 

Va.—C. E. Liskcy. Masaanctla Springs 

Mo.— Mint Spring S.S., 

Total, I 


PA.-HarrlsbUTg S. S,. »i.35; G, W. Kephart, AI- 

Total i 


Pa.-G, W. Kephart, Alloonn 

Total J 

MD.-Lydia Wampler, Medlord, J9; Mordecal C. 

McKinstry, Union Bridge, is: tolal J 

Wis.-Florenee Horner. Onedla 

ILL,-Mrs. Upton Miller, Ml. Morris. I3: Vcrnic 
Voung, Oregon, Socents; Yellgw Creek ch., »2,67; 

KA'NS,-John W. Fishburn, Ovcrbrook. ?i.5o; 
Pcabody ch.. %\.22: total 

Pa, -A brother and sisler. Marlinsburg, %7..l%: G. 
W. Kephart. Altoona, li; total 

Cal.-A. A.. ind Fannie Nehir.Collon 201 

Ohio,— Sandy ch 1 4 

Va.— Geo. B. Flory, Lipscomb 1 ci 

Iowa.— Frauklln County S, 5 5< 

Total » 47 -|( 

October.~\n llic Washington Meetinghouse Fund E, S 
Cober, Dawson, Pa,, should read E. S. Coder. 

Novtmber.—\n the India Orplianagc Fund the IS3: 
credited 10 the Edna Mills S, S. Workers. Ind., shoulJ 
have been credited to the Pyrmonl S. S, Workers.. 

Gen. Miss. And Tract Com. 


Our Prayer Meeting. 

For Week Ending Jan. 28. 

1. God, the Founder. Gen. i: lijohns: 17. 

2. Christ, the First Partner. Philpp. 2: 5, 6. 

3. The Holy Spirit, the Second Partner, i 
John 5: 7; Acts 20: 1%. 

4. Established upwards of 6,000 years ago. 
Gen. I: 26; Eph. 3:9, 

5. Well thought out. Luke 24; 27. 44: Heb. 

6. Founded on right principles. Ps. 93: 5; Ps. 



irlds. Rom. 5: 

Johh6;68: Heb. 13; 14. 
8. All may become partn 

Rev. 22: 14. 
g. All must be active. Mark 16: 15: Matt. aS; 

John 3: 

, Ana 

n\\ be demanded, i Cor. 3: 


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The General Missionary and Tract Committee, 

Subscription, $1.50 per An 

In Advance. 

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The Brethren at Sharpsburg, Md., dedicated tlieii 
ew church on New Year's day. 

The next Annual Meetinfj will be held at Ro- 
anoke, Va., commencing May 23. 

The Querists' Department will be opened up i 
oon as we can give it the needed attention. 

Hro. D. E. Brub 
neetings at Clarenc 

KER is booked fbr a series i 
, Iowa, to commence Jan. 12. 

Hro. Isaac Frantz, of Ohio, is to commence a 
jries of meetings in the Mexico house, Ind., Jan. 15. 

Hro. W. R. Deeter, of Milford. Ind.. reached 
the Mount last Tuesday, and will remain with us a 

Bro. C. 

D. Hylton is 

engaged in 

a seriL-s of 

eetings o 

n the Indian Riv 

er, in the 


irt of Flo 


Bro. I. D. Parker is with us this week. He is 
here to attend the meeting of the General Mission- 
ary Committee. 

If there are any members living near Garfield. 
Wash., they will please write Sister Leonora Yates, 
Oakcsdale, Wash. 

Bro. a. W. Vaniman thinks the outlook is good 
for opening up the mission work among thfe colored 
people in Georgia. 

During a. recent series of meetings at the Meyers 
meetinghouse. Little Swatara congregation, five 
came out on the Lord's side. 

Bko. Geo. L. Studf.bakf.r, of Muncie, Ind., is to 
aid the Brethren in a series of meetings at the Hill 
Grove house, commencing Feb. 4. 

During the holidays Bro. Sharp conducted a Bi 
hie Normal in the Appanoose church, Kans. The 
work done is very favorably spoken of. 

Bro. S. E. Yundt reports a good love feast in 
Chicago on New Year's evening. There is no bet- 
ter way of beginning the year than with a feast. 

Bro. L. a. Bookwalter, of Trotwood, Ohio, ha% 
been with us a few days. This is his first visit to 
the Mount, and we enjoyed his presence very much. 

Bro. Tobias Hoover, of Chatham, Ohio, and 
wife are with us at this time. They are here visit- 
ing their son-in-law, D. D. Culler, and attending the 
Bible term. 

Some of our readers, writing this office, speak 
very highly of the Pi/o/. The paper is for the 
young people. Those who have not seen it will 
please write us for a sample copy. 

When, writing of council meetings w^ like to 
have correspondents say that " everything passed 
off pleasantly." That is the way the work of a 
council meeting should pass off. The Lord never 
intended that his people should conduct their meet- 
ings in any other way. 

The mere fact that a series of meetings closes 
with few or no accessions is no indication that the 
effort put forth has proven a failure. The members 
often need instruction and encouragement, and to 
them a series of meetings may be of immense value. 

On the missionary page will be found the report 
of the mission receipts for the last half of December. 
After this the report will appear each week. 

Bro. Enoch Eby came to the Mount last Satur- 
day, and on Sunday preached at Silver Creek. He 
is here to attend the meeting of the General Mis- 
sionary Board. 

Those of our readers who have not yet renewed 
their subscription should do so at the earliest possi- 
bly date. We trust that no one will fail to renew 
his subscription. 

The Brethren's Illustrated Teachers' Quarterly seems 
to be giving most excellent satisfaction. It should 
be in the hands of every Sunday school teach' 
Price, 8 cents per quarter, or 30 cents a year. 

H. R. Holsinger, who has been making his home 
at Berlin, Pa., for some years, is a careful reader of 
the Messenger and writes us regarding his appreci- 
ation of the paper. He is now at Lathrop, Cal., 
having passed across the Continent last week-. 

H. W. Montgomery, of Little York, Warren Co., 
111., would like to know if there are anj' Brethren 
near where he lives. He is anxious to find a con- 
gregation of our people. Possibly some of our 
readers in Illinois can give him the desired informa- 

Sister Kate Johnson, of Me>'ersdale, Pa., says 
that during the year just closed 4,951 baptisms were 
reported in the Messenger — almost five thousand. 
Of course the actu_al number of accessions to the 
church during the year was much greater, as many 
were not reported. 

On another page will be found an interesting and 
instructive report from the Ludlow church, South- 
ern Ohio. The report contains some valuable sta- 
tistical information that is well Avorth placing on 
record. Some other like reports of equal interest 
will also be found in this issue. 

progress at 
'ell planned. 

The Special Bible Term is now 
this place. The outline of studies is 
and those who take part in the work will doubtless 
derive much help from the course of stud)-. We 
regret that our duties in the olBce will not permit 
us to attend all the sessions. 

Bro. J. H. Wright, of Huntington, Indiana, 
was with us over last Sunday. He preached on 
Saturday evening. Sunday morning and evening, 
and also Monday evening. His discourses were lis- 
tened to with marked attention by large audiences. 
Our people enjoyed this visit very much. 

Since we commenced the publishing of the Pilot 
it will be observed that the Young People's De- 
partment is omitted in the Messengek. The class 
of matter that has heretofore appeared on that page 
will now be published in the Pilot, and the page be 
devoted to articles relating to the Sunday school 
work and kindred subjects. 

Writing from Keuka, Fla., Bro. Hutchison says 
that he is slowly but steadily improving in health. 
We trust that, his sojourn in that part of the "Sun- 
ny South " will be the means of his gaining suffi- 
cient strength to enable him to resume his evangel- 
istic work, as his services are very much in demand 
in many of the churches. 

Many of our readers will regret to learn that Sis- 
ter Elizabeth Cassel, the wife of Bro. Abraham H. 
Cassel, of HarleysviUe, Pa., has gone to her long 
home. The extended reputation of her husband 
caused her to come in contact with not a few of our 
own people as well as with others, and the news of 
her death will be received with regrets. 

Bro. J,\cob Wjtmore, of McPlierson, Kans., com- 
menced preaching in the College Chapel Sunday 
evening, Jan. l, and continued until the following 
Friday evening. His talks were both interesting 
and instructive. He gives no uncertain sound in 
his preaching. He went from here to Bement, 111., 
where he is now engaged in a series of meetings. 

In order to complete our file we need the four 
numbers of the Childreu at Work for September, 
1897. We shall be very glad to have some of our 
Brethren furnish us any one or all of them. 

We presume that Bro. Miller, wife and Sister 
Oiler are in India by this time, and we are certain 
that their visit will be greatly appreciated by the 
missionaries. We hope to hear from them in the 
of a week or more. 

Bro.D. S. McDannel, of this place, died last 
Sunday evening after a brief illness. Bro. McDan- 
nel moved here from Iowa a few years ago. and 
though elected to the ministry he did not officiate. 
Yet he was a good and useful man. beloved and re- 
spected both in the church and out of it. He lived 
a quiet, consistent life, that was the admiration of 

The General Mission Board is in session here this 
week. The members of this board are brethren 
Enoch Eby. S. F. Sanger, L. W. Teeter, A. B. Barn- 
hart, and I. Bennett Trout, the latter acting in place 
of Bro. D. L. Miller during his absence. We go to 
press too earl)' to give any report of the proceed- 
ings. We shall have something to say about them 
iiext week. 

We are pleased to have Bro. H. B. Brumbaugh 
with us this week. He is not only one of the edi- 
tors of the Messenger, but also a member of the 
Publishing House Executive Committee, and is 
here to be present at the meeting of the General 
Missionary Committee. We always enjoy his pres- 
ence, counsel and assistance when we deliberate con- 

It occurs to us that Bro. Miller's editorial, on the 
next page of this issue, deserves more than a pass- 
ing notice. What he says concerning the experi- 
ence of the church during the period of a multiplicity 
of papers needs to be emphasized. It is fortunate, 
indeed, that the church now owns and controls her 
publishing interests, and is also getting the benefit 
of the income from the institution. 

It is gratifj'ing to observe how our people are be- 
coming interested in the Bible schools and Bible 
normals being held by the Brethren in different 
parts of the country. This line of Gospel work is 
not only having a good effect on the members, but 
it is proving helpful to their children and neighbors 
as well. It is to be hoped that these efforts will be 
continued by our Brethren, and that their fields of 
usefulness will be greatly enlarged. 

It is to be regretted that more of our ministers 
cannot attend the special Bible Terms held at our 
colleges. Most of them are not financially able to 
do so, and for this reason it would be well if the 
churches in which some of these ministers live 
would send the more promising ones and pay their 
expenses. The churches, in the long run. would be 
more than compensated for the outlay by the im- 
proved preaching the minister thus encouraged 
would do. 

When we started on our trip to Europe and the 
Bible Lands, we left the Messenger in charge of 
Bro. Grant Mahan. who for some years has been as- 
sisting in various departments of the office work, 
and Bro. L. A. Plate, the foreman of the printing 
department. To the latter we entrusted the first 
page, the missionary page, the correspondence, 
church news. etc.. while Bro. Mahan had'charge 
of the rest of the paper, including the regular edi- 
torial pages. How skillfully these brethren han- 
dled the paper during the four months that they had 
it under their care is shown by the well-filled pages 
of interesting matter week after week. We are cer- 
tain that ali of our readers are well pleased with 
their labors. We say this because it is proper that 
we should render honor to whom honor is due. 
From now on Bro. Mahan will give most of his at- 
tention to the Pilot, he having been appointed edi- 
tor of that journal. The Pilot is an illustrated pa- 
per for the young people, and well deserves a wide 
circulation. Those who have not yet seen the Pilot 
should write the House for a sample. 



■, too late for seasonable j 
umber of communicatio 


and steadfast 



Christmas and the New Year. Articles of this 
character should reach us a few weeks prior to the 
particular days or times to which they refer. 
Christmas, New Year thoughts, etc., must be an- 
ticipated by writers in order to appear in print to 
the best advantage. 

Among the Shakers are some gifted and broad- 
minded women. In fact, these people encourage a 
high order of mental attainment among the women 
as well as among the men. The January issue of 
the Phrenological Journal contains a character sketch 
of a very gifted Shaker lady— Eliza Babbitt— that 
will be read with interest. The photograph of the 
lady appears in the/OT/wM/and does ample justice 
to the plainness and modesty set forth in the New 
Testament. It shows that gifted women can attire 
themselves plainly and yet command the respect 
and the esteem of the public. 


Our mail was brought to us at Cairo, Egypt, after 
^ve were seated in the cars waiting for the signal to 
start for Ismailia, en route to Bombay and Bulsar, 
India. The arrival of the home mail is always an 
event in the lives of the traveler. The coming, just 
now, of this great bundle of letters and papers is 
most opportune. We shall have plenty of time to 
read and reflect on the long sea voyage before us. 

It was night, and by the dim light of the only oil 
lamp in our compartment, which grew dimmer and 
dimmer and finally gave up the contest and went 
out, I read two letters. One of them was from a 
brother who for many years bore a prominent and 
leading part in church work, but who, on account of 
the division which unfortunately came to us, has not 
been heard in our councils o.r periodicals for a long 
time. The writer speaks approvingly of the won- 
' derful progress, growth and development of the 
church during the last score of years, and adds that 
thehand of the Lord seems to be visible in it all. 

As the train rolled onward over the Land of 
Goshen, " the best of all Egypt," and out upon the 
desert, where the sons of Jacob fled, escaping from 
Pharaoh's galling yoke, so many centuries ago, I had 
ample time to follow out a line of reflections suggest- 
ed by the highly prized letter. It was a glance back- 
ward over the score of years that mark the close of 
the nineteenth century. Only one more Annual 
Conference will be held in this century, and the 
score of years beginning at Lanark, 111., in 1880, will 
close at Roanoke, Va., in 1899. As I moused my 
heart beat with gladness within me and I said, " I 
will write of what God has wrought among his peo- 

It is true that all change is not progress and that 
what may seem an advance is only a retrogression 
after all. The real measure of progress is the ad- 
vance made toward the perfect plan given by our 
Lord and Master. Any movement that takes the 
church away from the Gospel is retrogression and 
not progression. It is aLso true that some of. 'us 
have grown old enough to begin to think more and 
more that most of the good was concentrated in the 
olden time when we were young. In those good 
old days the coffee was stronger and the sugar 
sweeter, the crops more prolific and the grain heav- 
ier, the winters warmer and the summers cooler, 
and the young "people better and the aged wiser 
than in these degenerate times. And some think, 
honestly, too, let me say, that the church is losing 
ground in her conflict with the world, the flesh and 
the devil, and'that there has been a dragging of an- 
chors and a drifting worldward since the days when 
the fathers fell asleep. But the church of Jesus 
Christ is no more to be likened to a ship with an- 
chor cast in the silt and mud of a river bottom than 
is a paper canoe to an Atlantic liner. The anchor 
of the church, thank God, is cast withi 

lating to I Rock of Ages. 

Failures there have been from the beginning, and 
failures there will be until the end, even as long as 
the Spirit must contend with flesh and blood. The 
human side of the church will never reach the 
absolute perfection of the divine standard until it 
puts on the incorruptible. But this is riot to be 
taken as an evidence that the church is drifting 

And now take a brief backward glance. 
A score of years ago there were scarcely that 
many Sunday schools in the Brotherhood. , Now 
they are to be numbered by the hundred, 
ing very few of our seven hundred congregations 
that do not have at least one Sunday school, and 
some of them three and four. Then an article writ- 
ten favoring Sunday schools was rejected by one of 
our leading church papers because it was in ad- 
vance of the times. Now the circulation of our 
Sunday-school periodicals exceeds fifty thousand. 

Only three years ago a suggestion was made in 
the Messenger that in the first year of the twenti- 
eth century a special thanksgiving service be held 
at our Annual Conference, and that missionary, 
Sunday-school and educational meetings be placed 
upon the program. But such was the progress in 
this line of work that at the Conference held at 
Frederick, Md., in 1897, both a Sunday school and 
a Sunday-school meeting were held in the Taber- 
nacle. One of the printed programs of that meet- 
ing is among the papers in my library, marked to be 
preserved. Sunday-school meetings are now author- 
ized to be held in all State Districts, and State Dis- 
trict Secretaries to be appointed to gather statistics 
and encourage the organization of schools. 

The progress in this important branch of church 
work has been most wonderful, .and, as a result, 
numbers are added to the church who would other- 
wise have been lost to her. Has there been in this 
advance a departure from the old way of the fa- 
thers? Read in the " Revised Minutes " a deliver- 
ance by the fathers nearly a century ago touching 
this very matter and know that in the reestablish- 
ment of Sunday schools we are going back to the 
good old way, for even before the days of Robert 
Raikes the Brethren had such schools. And know, 
too, that the advance has taken the church 
closer to the spirit and the teaching of the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ. 

A score of years ago our mission work was in a 
chaotic state, resulting from a departure from the 
old ways; for from the first the teaching and prac- 
tice of the church were fully in line with the Gospel 
on this important work. The sending of Bro. Hope 
to Denmark, in which Bro. M. M. Eshelman took 
"an active part, and the Church E.xtension work, in 
which Bro. Howard Miller was a pioneer, were the 
first moves in what has since resulted in a strong 
missionary organization embracing our entire Broth- 
erhood. These movements were not so favorably 
received at first. A call made in 1879 upon each 
church to pay one dollar for the support of the 
Danish Mission failed to meet with a unanimous re- 
and as late as 1882 it was thought best by 
ference to repeal all missionary plans. It 
remained for the Conference held at Dayton, Qhio, 
in 1884, to adopt a plan for missions looking toward 
the present complete organization of every State 
District in our Brotherhood. 

Up to the Dayton Conference only a few hundred 
dollars were given annually for missions, ' For the 
first year of the present organization, closing May I, 
1885, the receipts from a 
83,806.37. The receipts 
later, exceeded 8150,000. 
al Meeting last year, at 
amoiuited to 81,400.01, mor 
receipts for missions in 1 
Missionary Committee was 

there is under the care of the Committee endow- 
ments, gifts and property of a total value approxi- 
mating a quarter of a million of dollars. 

The growth and development of the mission work 
among us has been marvelous and the progress 
made has brought us more in line with the teaching 
of the Great Commission; " Go ye therefore into all 
the world, and teach all nations." It also strength- 
ens our claim to the title of Primitive Christians, for 
the Apostolic Church was essentially a missionaiy 
church. Paul was the great missionary to the 
Gentiles. A church that is not in practice a mis- 
sionary church has the sentence of d&ath written all 
over it. It cannot live. Our Brethren in Germany 
were strongly in favor of mission work, so that in 
the development of her latent missionary forces the 
church has not been drifting worldward, but advanc- 
ing toward the perfect standard given by the Mas- 

^Twenty years ago we had at leaet a half dozen 
papers, all claiming church patronage and all get- 
ting more or less of it. The most of them were 
struggling to eke out an insufficient income to main- 
tain a bare existence. Heavy losses and in some 
cases, bankruptcy resulted. ' The multiplicity of pa- 
pers brought about sharp competition which in turn 
was destructive of brotherly love and confidence. 
Each of the papers had its readers and followers, 
and party feeling, fed by the editors, grew until the 
inevitable result of such a condition came,— separa- 
tion and division. The number of papers in those 
days was a source of great anxiety and concern to 
our brethren, and when the division came and some 
of the papers withdrew, and those that remained 
were consolidated and one paper published, there 
was a general feeling of joy and satisfaction in all 
the churches. 

To-day the church owns and controls all her pub- 
lishing interests, founded on a sound, financial basis, 
without debt, a surplus of fifteen thousand dol- ' 
lars, a credit of five thousand dollars for mis- 
sions, and an endowment fund of over fifty thou- 
sand dollars for printing and sending out the 
truth. The income from publishing church papers 

lil and 

our Co 

sources' amounted to 
■ 1898, thirteen years 
i collection at Annu- 
3urlington Park, III., 
han double the entire 
0. Then the General 
thout resources. Now 

and books now goes to the church, where it proper- 
ly belongs, and where it would have gone years ago 
if the church had been willing to accept it. 

Is this a departure from the counsels of the fa- 
thers? In the last interview I held with Bro. J. Quin- 
ter, of sacred memory, only a few hours before he 
fell asleep, he strongly favored the church owning 
her publishing interests. Brethren R. H. Miller and 
S. S. Mohler, both among the strongest men in 
counsel, in wisdom, in foresight and in judgment 
that the church has produced, not only favored but 
labored for years to bring about a result they both 
died without seeing consummated. The result has 
more than justified the judgment of these sainted 
brethren and leaders, and also the most sanguine 
hopes of those who still remain and who gave many 
years of anxious thought and hard labor to bring 
about the much desired end. 

The development of the Sunday schools, the mis- 
sions, and the publishing interests among us is won- 
derful chough to justify the use of the word marvel- 
ous. The church never needed reform, but she did 
need development, and in the last score of years 
God has graciously blessed her and-wrought a great 
work in her midst. Not to any one man or group 
of men, but unto the Lord is the honor and glory 
due for what he has done among his people in the 
closing years of the nineteenth century. 

As I write I think of a score of important lines of 
church work in which there has been remarkable 
growth in these years, but others may draw the con- 
trast. Far away from home and church, on the wa- 
ters of the Red Sea, I close this backward glance, 
thanking the brother for his good letter and ex- 
pressing a fervent hope of future reunion. 


Jan. 14, 18 

Years ago, when we were yet a boy, father would 
frequently tell about his early experiences in start- 
ing out in life, and, among other things, about the 
house in which they commenced keeping house. It 
was an unfinished stone house. The lower part was 
used as a dwelling place, while the story above was 
used for the storing of grain, a hen roost, etc. The 
walls were unplastered, just as they appeared when 
left by the stone mason. When father moved in re- 
pairs were made below and the story above so com- 
pleted as to make it suitable for living purposes. 
These improvements were made to adapt it to the 
comfort of those who dwelt in the house. 

After living in it in this way other improvements 
were needed, so as to meet the growing demands of 
the family. And so change after change was made, 
as the needs seemed to require, until the wants and 
requirements of the family were met. And these 
changes and improvements were always interesting 
events to us boys, because they affected the lives 
and well-being of the children as well as of-the par- 

As years came and went the family grew too 
large for the old homestead, and one son after an- 
other went out to form new homes, which required 
other houses. Our house was a new one, built espe- 
cially for our use, and we called it our home. For 
awhile all was satisfactory and our purposes were 
suited. But changes came to which our place and 
house were not adapted, and we changed into an- 
other house. And after this other changes were 
made from time to time, until the present. And as 
we look back over these changes they have become 
to us an interesting subject for study. And one of 
the resultant thoughts is. Which is the greater, the 
house or the tenant? Another is the relation that 
the one bears to the other, and which is the basis of 
the relation? In looking at these thoughts we at 
once see that there is a wide difference between the 
two, and that neither of them can well do without 
the other. But that the house is more dependent 
upon the tenant than the tenant is on the house 
must be evident to all who have cared to give the 
subject any thought. The house is for the occupan- 
cy of man, for his well-being and comfort. And 'for 
this reason he has a special interest in it. It must 
not only be adapted to his wants, but it must be 
kept in repair, so as to continue to meet his wants. 
To allow the house to suffer for want of proper at- 
tention and get out of repair not only destroys the 
value and appearance of the house, but it also im- 
pairs its value to the tenant. And if the wear and 
tear is allowed to continue, the house will get so 
bad and uncomfortable as a dwelling place that the 
tenant can no longer live in it, and he is necessitat- 
ed to move out and get himself another house, so 
that a man can not well afford to live independent 
of his house, neither can a house remain intact in- 
dependent of the man. In a sense they are dis- 
tinct and separate and yet one is dependent upon 
the other. 

And so it is with us as body and soul. The body 
is one thing, the soul, another. And yet, for time, 
the one is dependent upon the other. This body of 
flesh our heavenly Father has given us as our house, 
the dwelling place for the soul. And it will be well 
for us to ask ourselves very carefully which is the 
greater. If the body is greater than the soul, the 
work of the soul should be to shape all its powers 
and ends to the caring for it, that it may be made to 
subserve its highest and best purposes. We should 
live and labor to develop in stature, strength and 
homeliness,— leave no efforts unmade to make it at- 
tractive and beautiful, and then bow down in soul, 
and worship because it is the greater. If a man 
lives and labors to take care of the house for the 
sake of the house, then, should not the soul live and 
labor to care for the body, for the sake of the body? 

Who says so? Tens of thousands, and more seem 
to say so by their actions, if not by words. 

Looking at ourselves, in our duality, as tenant 
and house, which se'ems to be the greater? What 
are we laboring most for? How much real atten- 
tion and care do our bodies need? Our bodies need 
good, health)' food, that they may develop and be 
kept in repair. They weed warm and convenient 
clothing, that they may not suffer because of the 
cold and inclemency of the weather, and that we 
may not suffer while in them. This would not need 
much labor or care. Indeed, the body's real wants 
are very few. But how is it in fact? Go into our 
hom'es and take a peep into our cellars, pantries and 
cupboards. And what do we see there? Massive 
and bountiful stores of goods laid away that have 
caused us days and months of continued labor. Go 
into our dining rooms and our tables literally groan 
with fatness. The earth has been overta.xed to give 
us vegetables in variety without end— dried, canned, 
preserved, raw and cooked^and in every form that 
human ingenuity can invent. Trees have been 
robbed of their fruitage, fowls plucked of their 
feathers, blood spjlled and life sacrificed — all. all 
for the good of the body. 

Then look at our wardrobes! What means all 
this? Garments of silks, satins, and textures fine 
and frail, of cuts and styles that puzzled the brain, 
dimmed the eyes, numbed the fingers and sickened 
the soul. What for? For the body, to keep it 
warm or cool, as the weather may be. And for the 
head? Oh, what a show! Bonnets and hats band- 
ed and trimmed with ribbons, red, white and blue, 
tipped with feathers and dead birds; and added to 
this, jeweled rings, bracelets and wristlets. All this 
for the body — for the house in which the soul is to 
live for a season. If so much is done and sacrificed 
for the body — for the earthly tabernacle — how 

much are we willing to 
sakeof Jesus and the sal- 
e looked around us dur- 
sars, everywhere we saw 

body — for our houses — 

much for the soul? How 

labor and sacrifice for the 

vation of the soul? As w 

ing the close of the last y 

great preparations for the 

but how very little for the soul? And seeing these 

things the query came to us, time and again. Which 

is the greater, which the more important— the body 

or the soul, the house or the tenant? 

That we should care for the physical develop- 
ent of our bodies by giving them proper food and 
clothing is all right. Indeed, it is our duty to do 
But our object in doing so should be to have 
them serve us in doing the Master's work. AH 
things " whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of 
God." Our eating, drinking, clothing and laboring 
should have but one end in view — that we may la- 
bor the more effectually for bettering the world and 
saving it for Christ. For this we should eat, drink, 
labor and live. And the Lord has most graciously 
so framed these houses which he has given us that 
the better we make them serve the Lord's purpose, 
the better they serve us. To serve the Lord most 
;ptably we need good, sound bodies. And such 
bodies serve us best while we live jn them. Then 
let us ever remember that to us they are sacred 
trusts. The Lord wants them to be fit temples for 
indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And if, through 
in any way, we defile them, we call forth upon 
us the displeasure of the Lord. 

And now, as a closing thought, let us ask our- 
Ives seriously. Which do we consider the greater, 
c house or the tenant that lives in the house? 
Which? H. B B 


The best antidote against evils of all kinds, 
against the evil .thoughts which haunt the soul, 
against the needless perplexities which distract the 
conscience, is to keep hold of the good we have. 
Impure thoughts will not avail against great certain- 
ties. Fix your affections on things above, and you 
be less troubled by things on earth." 


on was round in Charleston, S. C. 

Thou to the mercy-seat our souls dost gathe 
To do our duty unto Thee, 

Let never more delays divide us froi 
Thy glorious grace, but let 
Tliy Kingdom Come; 
Let Thy commands opposed be by r 
But Thy good pleasure and 

Thy Wni bo DoiiP; 

And let our promptness to obey be e 
The very same 

With every needful thing do Thou relieve 
And of Thy mercy, pity 

And forasmuch, O Lord, as we believe 
That Thou wilt pardon us 

Let that love teach, wherewith Thou dost acquaint us, 
To pardon all 

And though sometimes Thou find'st we have forgot 
This love for Thee, yet help. 

Through soul or body's wants, to desperation; 
Nor let earth's gain drive us 

Yea, save them from the malice of the devil. 
And in both life and death keep 

Thus pray we. Lord, for that of Thee, from whom 
This may be had, 

This world is of Thy work, its wondrous story 
To Thee belongs 

Thus we poor creatures would confess again, 
And thus would say eternally: 

-Selected i>y Kale A. Wolfe, Mt. Morris, III. 



In the first place it was bruised, or, to use figura- 
tive language, it mef with an obstacle. The finger 
and the obstacle wrestled for the space of many 
hours. Finally the obstacle triumphed. I know 
whereof I speak, for the finger was my own proper- 
ty. Verily, I have had an experience, but am now 
sufficiently recovered to speak of it calmly. 

As already stated, it received a brujse, whereat it 
looked upon the obstacle with some disfavor and 
inevitable suspicion, and immediately decided to 
let it severely alone. Certain scientists affirm that 
there are typical lines characterizing this selfsame 
finger which invariably and infallibly denote the de- 
gree of will power of which the possessor is capable. 
Therefore, since I come to think the matter over in 
calmness (I did not pause to consider it then), I am 
persuaded to believe that the afore-mentioned de- 
cision boded well for the intellectual capacity typi- 
fied by the finger in question — considering that it 
was house-cleaning time. 

But the feelings of that injured finger! Who may 

Jan. M, 1899. 

fathom them? It ached and thumped and fretted 
and actually turned purple before the day was gone. 
Who hath known the mystery of blanched lips? 
Who hath measured the room's length and breadth 
with his own impatient steps, time after time, 
throughout the long night watches? Who hath 
sought rest fervently, and yet found it not? Let me 
grasp your hand, oh mortal of much suffering, the 
while the melancholy memory of that night testifies 
that we are indeed yokefellows. 

Morn greeted the waking world with an indescrib- 
able horizon of scarlet and amber, — exactly the 
tints which made my finger radiant. My husband 
sympathetically asked me how I felt, to which my 
only answer was, "Oh, my!" Little Gladys de- 
clared her love for me a score of times, and upon 
every burst of sympathy gave my finger an added 
bump and added pain. A dear and sympathetic 
neighbor came and got the meal in readiness. But 
that day it was mine to learn that sympathy is not a 
cure-all, however much she may seek to help us 
bear the painful things of life. 1 tried poulticing, 
but it didn't work; I tried bathing, and ///«(■ didn't 
work. Nothing seemed to work save the arm that 
■contained tile offended member,^ which worked in 
all directions. And thus another day passed by. 

As a last resort 1 betook me to the doctor. This 
article of usefulness, which is equal to every occa- 
sion, bravely informed me of that which I already 
knew, namely, that the injury had terminated in an 
ugly and most painful abscess. " For such an emer- 
gency, madam, we have discovered but pne rem- 
edy;" and forthwith he drew a glittering knife and 
moved toward me looking very grave and stern. I 
thought I should faint, but the moment was a crit- 
ical one, so I just braced up instead and gasped: 
"Have you no feeling, man? " He only paused to 
answer that evidently I had quite enough for both; 
and with an affable voice, backed by a tremendous 
warning in his eye, assured me that assistance was 
within his call, should I fail to nerve my hand for 
sufficient steadiness. What else was there for me 
to do? I closed my eyes as the glittering steel was 
thrust forward; perhaps it was the fact that my 
husband had recently been reading to me " Proctor's 
Expanse of Heaven " which caused me suddenly to 
behold innumerable stars. I only know that the 
ghastly knife had done its work, and that after 
hours of agonizing pain and wretched vigils the 
pain was gone — instantaneously and absolutely gone ! 


The Christian life is beset with " obstacles," and, 
let it be understood, not alone for beings of the 
nervous temperament. In trying to overcome them 
we frequently sustain an injury which, too oft, alas! 
we fret and fume and lose sleep and temper over, 
nursing it the while, until it has developed into an 
odious abscess. It does not help us overmuch to 
explain the case to, those around us; nor does it give 
the canker any ease to have it bumped, against in 
numberless outbursts of sympathy. All the adver- 
tising and exaggerating and bewailing that we are 
capable of are of no avail. There is but one remedy 
for such painful sores, namely, the Sword of the 
Spirit,— that two-edged knife which is able to cure 
us of the loathsome abscess of evil speaking and of, forsooth. The cure is instantaneous, but 
we are in no wise suffered to parley in the presence 
of the knife. Hereby I proclaim the parable of the 
injured finger; and he that hath ears to hear, let him 


I walked on thinking, and I kept thinking how 
little is required to satisfy us when we don't know 
any better. We often find people living amidst 
rocks, hills and stumps, who have scarcely been be- 
yond the bounds of their county and who think 
there is no place like theirs and would not think of 
living anywhere else. This condition has its ad- 
vantages. It tends to make one more contented 
with his lot. The Scripture says, " Godliness with 
contentment is great gain." 

It has often been the case with persons prospecting 
for a location that the more they traveled the harder 
it was to decide upon a suitable place. There are 
man)' people to-day outside of the church of Christ 
who say, "I can't find a church to suit me." They 
have been looking around so much, and for perfec- 
tion, that they hardly know what they do want. It 
is often a question why so many educated men in- 
cline to infidelity, especially among scientists. It 
may be accounted for pn the same ground. They 
have learned so much, have dug deep into scientific 
theories, so that they are hard to satisfy with any- 
thing so simple as a belief in the whole Bible. No 
matter how highly educated a man may become in 
any line, he is only human and is liable to the mis- 
takes and follies of human kind. No truer state- 
ment was ever uttered than this, that " Great men 
have great weaknesses." 

Like every other condition in life, the one referred 
to has its disadvantages. It is a bar to progress. 
If no one looked beyond the confines of his sur- 
roundings and teachings, very little new would be 
learned. Progress in every line comes from a de- 
sire to know more and go on toward perfection. It 
is this desire for progress that has given us the Sun- 
day school, our literary and Bible schools, the new 
interest in missions, with over two hundred thousand 
dollars assets under control of the .Missionary and 
Tract Committee, and other advances that could be 
mentioned. This same disposition will cause the 
church to move forward in these and other lines for 
the advancement of the cause. 

As new conditions arise they must be met by the 
church, and we cannot 'expect to stand still. New 
fields of work are opening up. In looking over the 
Church Directory of city missions, given in the 
Messenger, one can see how city work is growing 
amongst us. Cuba and Porto Rico are fields we 
should enter soon, as we would thus be on an equal 
footing with other Protestant denominations. We 
have reasons to be like the boy on the sled, gratified 
at the plans in operation for doing good, and de- 
termined that the year 1899 will see a satisfactory 
advance along lines already established. 

Atlanta, Ga. 

Johnstown, Pa. 



A FEW days ago as I was walking along the street 
I saw two boys coasting down hill with a sled. The 
hill was about four feet high and the distance for 
the sled to run was probably five feet. One boy 
got on the sled and the other pulled it down the 
embankment in the yard. There was not a particle 
of snow on the ground. As I passed, one of the 
boys took a ride and at the end of the same, which 
occupied probably a couple seconds, he said, "Isn't 
that nice?" 



As I have not seen very much in the Messenger 
about the Sisters' Aid Society, I thought of writing 
a few lines for the benefit of some of the sisters. 
While we cannot all be missionaries in foreign 
lands, we can all be workers at home. We organ- 
ized our society Oct. 23, 1897, and meet at the 
church once a month. \Ve open our meetings by 
reading a chapter, prayer, and singing a hymn. 
Then we call the roll, to which each one responds 
with a verse of Scripture. Our officers are Presi- 
dent, Vice-president, Superintendent, Secretary and 
Treasurer. We have about twenty-three members, 
each of whom pays five cents per month. Our 
principal work is making quilts, cemforts, carpet, 
dust caps, and clothespin aprons. We have sold 
quilts to the amount of S25 and presented ten. 
Our main work is to help the poor, and help build 
churches. We sent Sio to Washington and $5 to 
Baltimore. We have not been putting our money 
on interest in this world, but we have been lending 
to the Lord. We hope to reap our reward in a bet- 
ter world. The Lord says, " It is more blessed to 
than to receive." As we enter the new year, 

. „. ..ork more earnestly, for the time will come 

hen we must lay our armor by. 

EUcrton, Pa. 



^r-Church News solicited lor 
inceling, send a report oi It, so th; 
(five name oiclturch, county and si 
as bTlcl as possible. Land or othi 
department. Onr advertising coli: 

lie. Be briel. Nc 
' advertisements a 
nns alTord ample i 

sol Travel should be 
not solicited [or this 
,m (or that purpose. 

Ministerial Meeting of the Eastern District of Maryland. 

The meeting convened at Frederick City, Md., 
Dec. 27 and 28 and was organized by electing Eld. 
E. W. Stoner, Moderator, and Bro, Chas. D. Bon- 
sack, Secretary. 

Topic i. — "How to Open and Close Regular 
Preaching Services to Edification." Go to meeting 
prepared for its services; and promptly at the ap- 
pointed time open the services by selecting appro- 
priate hymns and Scripture. Remarks, if any, 
should be short and to the point. The opening 
service should prepare us for the sermon. To raise 
the hands when calling the congregation to kneel in 
prayer is misleading and ineffective. The closing 
remarks should be short, appropriate and impress- 
Topic 2. — " How to Obtain Best Results from a 
Series of Meetings." The home ministry should be 
encouraged to hold these meetings. An earnest, 
active, co-operating membership are all important. 
Attendance should be regular by all the members. 
Be ready beforehand, be engaged in prayer, in unity 
of mind. Let there be prayer and fasting on the 
part of ministers and people, and an enlivening and 
earnest song service. Make the people welcome 
and let many earnest handshakes be given to strang- 
ers and all, with a word for Christ. Social visiting 
is important, — not to engage in feasting the carnal 
man, but the spiritual. This is not only for preach- 
ers, but all members. 

Topic 3.—" What Should be the Moral and Spir- 
itual Status of the Preacher; How Obtained? " 
Moral standard should be the highest, and we 
should aim to raise it day by day. We should be 
careful in conversation and our transactions in busi- 
ness should be strictly upright. Look to God and 
we will grow. Do not sacrifice morality for " order 
of dress." The beginning of moral development is 
in knowing our weakness. 

Topic 4.—" Helps to a Higher Intellectuality of 
our Ministry." Our schools are a great help and 
they should be patronized in preference to others. 
The Bible teltas should be attended and encouraged, 
both those held at our schools and in the local 
churches. Books should be chosen with care. 
Have regular periods for reading. Study the Bible, 
study hard; good helps should be convenient. 

Topic 5. — "The Manner and Methods of Preach- 
ing." Go to meeting prepared to preach. Be your- 
self; use your own illustratidns from familiar facts 
and things. Study your hearers. Adaptability is 
important. Know yourself, be humble, earnest, not 
too noLsy, not too quiet. Have something to say, 
speak to the point,— not too long. Forget yourself, 
but train yourself beforehand to subjection. 

Xopic 6.—" What Support Should the Minister 
Receive? " The prayerful sympathy of his congre- 
gation expressed in words and deeds, — " more than 
he usually gets." The help of his congregation in 
services, singing, prayer, etc., is not enough. Let 
there be financial support, if necessary. Perhaps a 
day's *ork on the farm or in the store could be ar- 
ranged for. Let there be a committee for this pur- 
pose and systematic support given. A properly- 
supported ministry is a preventative of the abuses 
too often connected with salaried ministers. 

Topic 7.—" How to Study the Bible." Read it 
more; " break it up " into parts; study it in the light 
of the cross. Get your own Bible, and mark it. 
Think more upon what you do read. Keep your Bi- 
ble with you even at your work, refer to it when 
resting -the horses in the plow, etc. Read it with a 
purpose in view and pursue a systematic course. 

Topic 8. — " The Atmosphere of a Christian 
Home, and Its Influence." There should be more 
attention given to our homes. Christ and his Spirit . 
should be acknowledged. Peace, kindness and love 


should influence our associations tlierc. Make home 
attractive. Let there be hght and plenty of it. 
" Let the sunshine in." Good books and music are 
helpful. Let the family altar be well looked after. 
Talk more of Christ and heaven. Welcome all for 
Christ's sake. Do not think so much of politeness 
as to become formal and cold. The influence of the 
home is powerful both in the church and the nation. 

Topic 9.—" How May we All Live more Nearly 
the Christ-lifcf " Know the Christ-life, study it. as- 
sociate with him in his Word and Spirit. Do like 
him in service. Make yourself " of no reputation " 
with the poor,— helping, healing, guiding and warn- 
ing in a spirit to save. We should make his life 
practical in us; it must have a form, therefore the 
needs of ordinances, commandments and service. 

Topic 10.—" Work of Laity." The attendance of 
members influences the congregation often more 
than the sermon. There is some Christian work 
done, and people reached, which can be better ac- 
complished by not being in the ministry. In a se- 
ries of meetings their hearty greetings, conversation 
and visits may do much. We should have more 
committees appointed among the laity for various 
lines of work, which often remains undone in a con- 
gregation. The indifferent and the sick should be 
visited. Those "weak in the faith" should be 
kindly admonished. In fact, there are many ave- 
nues of Christian work. Chas. D. Bossack. 

From the District Evangelist. 

The Mission Board of Southwestern Kansas, 
Southern Colorado and Oklahoma thought it advis- 
able that I should visit the different congregations 
of our District and show them the amount and na- 
ture of mission work to be done, with the view of 
raising funds, so that at least one more worker 
might be kept in the field constantly. As I wish to 
do the work as thoroughly as possible in so short a 
time, I urge all who possibly can to attend the 
meetings on the dates mentioned below. A few 
congregations have been visited and a few will be 
instructed by letter. Places and dates are as fol- 

Wichita, Kans Jan. 15-16,1899. 

Newton, " " 17, " 

Wallon, " " iS, " 

Peabody, " " 19-20, " 

Ramona, " " 21-22, " 

Easl McPherson, " ■■ 23-24, " 

iMcPtiersoii, " '" 25, " 

Kansas Center. " " 26-27, " 

WalniU Vallcv, " " 28-29, " 

Pleasant View, " •' 30-31, " 

Conway Springs, Kans., Feb. 1-2, " 

Geo. E. Studebaker. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

a thirsty soul, so Is good a 


Goshen,— We had council at Goshen, Dec. 2q. Bro. Levi 
Hoke was ordained to the eldership.—/. //. Miller, Dec. 3q. 

Wabash.— To day, at the close of church services, one pre- 
cious soul was received by baptism.— AV/ZiV Hurs/i.Jan. i. 

Springfield.-Dcc. 15 Bro. H. H. Brallier, an earnest work- 
er, commenced meetings here and closed Jan« i. There were 
no accessions, but the meetings were successful, and we trust 
that good results will follow.— vVa/rtV IVeaver, Cospervilh 
hid., Jan. 2. 

North Manchester.— The special Bible term at the College 
Chapel began Tuesday, Jan. 3. There is quite a large aileiid- 
ance. We hope for good results. Bro. .\. G. Crosswhite, of 
Flora. Iiid., is booked for a series of meetings in North Man- 
chester, to begin about Feb. \.~D. C. Cripejan. 4. 

Buck Creek — Bro. D. F. Hoover commenced a series of 
meetings at the above-named place Dec. i8, and continued un- 
til Jan. r, preaching in all eighteen soul-cheering sermons. 
Three were added to the church by baptism and more were al- 
most persuaded.— /. 5. Wike, Mooreland, lnd..Jan. /. 

Somerset.— Our council convened Dec. 17. All business 
was disposed of in a pleasant manner. Eld. S. S. Ulrey was 
with us. Eld. D. C. Campbell commenced a series of meetings 
Dec. 10 at the Vernon meetinghouse and closed Dec. 22, with 
good interest manifested. We believe good and lasting im- 
pressions were- made. On New Year's evening Bro. B. F. 
Honeyman will begin meetings at the Cart Creek meeting- 
house. We hope good results will ioWovi.—Obed Rife, Dec. 2Q. 

Middle Fork.— One young man was baptized since my last 
report. Our council was held yesterday. Two were received 
by letter. Our Bible school, conducted by Bro. Early, of 
North Manchester, and Bro, Hazleti, of our church, is doing 
good work, although the attendance is not large. We will 
continue a few days yet.— /<?/;« E. Mctzger, Edna Mills, /fid., 
Dec. JO. 

Tunker.— I began meetings here in the Sugar Creek church 
Dec. 15 and closed last night with good interest. Two were 
received by baptism and others are near the kingdom. 1 ex- 
pect to go to North Manchester to-morrow, to spend a few 
weeks at the special Bible term. Jan. 23 I expect to go to 
Ashton, 111., to begin a series of meeUngs.— Daniel Srte//, Sid- 
ney, Ind., Jan. ./. 

Roann.— A Bible school at the Roann church, near Roann, 
lasting ten days, closed with a review Dec. 31. Brethren Da- 
vid Bollinger and Adam Eby were the instructors. A young 
sister was baptized during this school session. A series qf 
meetings will commence at the Enterprise house, in this con- 
gregation, Jan. 7. Bro. Joseph Spitzer is to do the preaching 
Jan. e.-Josepii John. Jan. s. 

Bremen,— Bro. Daniel Wysong came to us Dec. 11 a?id be- 
gan a series of meetings, delivering in all twenty well-prepared 
sermons to very interested congregations. The interest in- 
creased until we had a crowded house. Four came out on the 
Lord's side. Two more applicants are awaiting baptism and 
many more almost persuaded. He also made a great many 
visits among brethren and friends. — Jacob B. Parker, Jan. 2. 

Rock Run.— Our special council was held Dec. 31. The re- 
port of the solicitors showed enough means 10 justify building, 
and a building committee was selected. We decided to hold 
a series of meetings this spring. Our quarterly council will 
convene Feb. 4. We reorganized our Sunday school Dec. 25. 
Bro. A. Cripe was elected as Superintendent. Our school is 
moving nicely with an average attendance of qo. — H. IV. Dav- 
enport, Goshen, hid., Jan. J. 

Union City.— Bro. D. M. Carver, of FarmersviUe, Ohio, 
commenced a protracted effort at our Brick house, north of 
town, Dec. 17, and continued until the evening of Jan. 3, when 
he was compelled, on account of hoarseness, to close the meet- 
ings. Quite an unusual interest was taken in the services by 
both members and friends. Four came out upon the Lord's 
side, two of them being young in years. Many more were al- 
most persuaded.- y. Q. Helinan,Jan. 6. 

New Hope.— Dec. 12 we began a series of meetings in this 
church. We held sixteen meetmgs in all. The interest was 
the best from the beginning. We closed Dec, 25 with a full 
house. Three made the good choice. Many more are near 
the kingdom. The members are much encouraged. This 
makes seven that have been added to this little band this sea- 
sou. Bro. Spati assisted us. Jan. l_4 we expect to begin a se- 
ries of meetings at the Sampson Hill church, near Shoals, Ind. 
— y. S. Secrist, Eugene, Ind., Dec. 2Q. 

Upper Fall Creek.— We convened in council Dec. 24. Ev- 
erything passed off pleasantly. One was restored. At our 
meeting at Middletown, yesterday, Bro. Henry Fadely labored 
both morning and evening. Three series of meetings'will be 
held by the home brethren. Bro. Snowberger is to begin one 
at Middletown the third Sunday of this month. Brethren Fade- 
ly and Hoover are to hold the other series of meetings,— one 
at Upper Fall Creek, commencing the second Sunday of Feb- 
ruary, and one at Bethel, to commence the first Sunday in 
U^icU.-Florida J. E. Green. Middletown, Ind., Jan. 2. 

Bachelor Run Eld. D. P. Shively, of Nead, Ind., came to 

us Dec. 10, and labored diligently untifthe 28th. Although 
the weather was not favorable part of the time, the attendance 
and interest were good. One was restored and three baptized. 
Others arc near the kingdom. Dec. 31, 1897, the Bachelor 
Run congregation numbered 262 members, of whom 4 were 
ministers in the second degree, 2 ministers in the first degree 
and 6 deacons. During the year 1898 16 were dismissed by 
letter and 5 were taken from us by death, one being a minister 
in the second degree. During the year 19 were received by 
letter, 2 restored and 5 baptized. Among those received by 
letter were an elder and a minister in the second degree. One 
deacon was also elected.-^y. G. Stinebaugh, Flora, Ind., Dec. 


Chiques.— We had 594 members, Jan. !, 1898; received by 
letter, lo; reclaimed, 7; baptized, 61. We lost by death, 11; by 
letter. 2':,.— Henry S. Zug, Dec. 2S. 

Big Swatara.— To-night closed a very interesting series of 
meetings at Hanoverdale. Bro. S. S. Beaver caihe to us Dec. 
10 and preached twenty-five excellent sermons. Fourteen 
made the good confession and many more are considering 
their condition.— W./. Sliope. Harrisbtirg, Pa. Dec. 2Q. 

Little Swatara — Bro. Hiram Gibble commenced a series 
of interesting meetings at Meyers' meetinghouse Dec. 17, and 
closed Jan. i. Five united with the children of God. Much 
interest was manifested throughout the meetings. In all he 
preached nineteen sermons.- £". M. IVenger. Fredericksburg, 

Aughwick — Bro. H. A. Spanogle, of the Lewistown congre- 
gation, came to the Hares Valley church, within the bounds of 
this congregation, on the evening of Dec. 20, preaching for one 
week. Our young brother earnestly contended for the faith. 
He also preached a few evenings in the Hill Valley church, to- 
attentive congregations. At our fall love feast we elected 
brethren Milton B. Wright and G. W. Swane to the ministry, 
and brethren A. J. Rohrerand S. A. Norras to the deaconship! 
—John E. Garver, Cora, Pa., Jan. j. 

Woodbury.— Bro. S, ]. Swigart car 
;an a series of meetings at the Snyde 

terday evening. Bro, Swigart preached eleven ; 

. 24 and be- 

of the pre- 
eetings yes- 

-J. C. Staye. 
T'ulpehocken.- Br( 


. Levi S. Mohler, of Dillsburg, Pa., com- 
eetings in the Myerstown churchhouse 
Dec. 17, and preached for us nineteen soul-cheering sermons. 
The attendance and interest were good. We had large con- 
gregations. The members were much built up. Two came 
out on the Lord's side. — IVin. //. Oberholtzer, Myerstown, Pa., 
Jan. 5. 

Upper Conawago.— On the evening of Dec. 17 Eld. Henry 
Beelman commenced a series of meetings at the Latimore 
house and continued until the 28th, preaching, in all, thirteen 
sermons to a well-filled house of attentive hearers, with the ex- 
ception of a few times, when the weather was not favorable. 
But when the roads were good, brethren and sisters came 
from six to eight miles, and returned the same night. There 
were no additions to the church, yet we believe that the good 
seed sown will manifest itself in the near future.— .^^ra?« 
Burkholder, Clear Spring, Pa., Jan. 2. 

Odell.— Family and I left Washington, Pa., Oct. 27, for Plym- 
outh, Ind., in the Union church. We enjoyed a love feast 
Oct. 28, and next evening a love feast in the Pine Creek church. 
From the Pine Creek church we went to South Bend, Ind., 
where I preached five sermons in the St. Joseph Valley con- 
gregation. Nov. 5 we again went to the Pine Greek church, 
where I held a serie^ of meetings in the Blissville house, 
preaching twenty-three sermons and baptizing four. From 
here we went to the Tippecanoe church, Ind., whei'e I held a 
series of meetings for three weeks. We left Plymouth Dec. 28, 
and are again in our field of labor for another year.— yifrry Bol- 

Meyersdale.— We had an enjoyable Christmas day. Our 
Sunday school exercises consisted of songs by the children, rec- 
itation of veVses, all pertaining to Christ's birth, reading the 
account given by Luke, a short speech, a presentation of some 
gifts, then church services. We have about 225 enrolled in- 
cluding officers and teachers. The church here meets Jan. 1 
to settle up for the year, and attend to other business, if any. 
It was agreed to send half of the $20, donated on Thanksgiving 
day, to the General Mission and half to Home Mission. Our 
Treasurer keeps account of sermons preached by each minis- 
ter; also those preached by visitmg ministers. We have five 
ministers now. Bro. E. G. Clark moved here from Dubois, Pa. 
The Berkley's Mills meetinghouse has been repaired and now 
we have three churchhouses, with meeting every three weeks 
at ten o'clock, and every Sunday evening here. /. C.Johnson, 
Jan, 2. 


Qreenspring.— We are in the midst of an interesting series 
meetings and are hopeful for good results. May God bless 

e efforts!— y. B. Light, Jan. 2. 

Price's Creek.- Bro. Jacob Coppock came to us Dec. 17 

id commenced meetings the same evening and continued un- 
til Jan. I. and preached in all twenty-four sermons, including 

le funeral sermon. Bro. Coppock's sermons were all profita- 

e and will do us much good, if we only will take heed to the 

me.— yt>.r. Longanecker, Jan. /. 

East Niniishillen.— We commenced a series of meetings on 

e evening of Dec. 24, and closed Jan. i. Our home ministers 
did the preaching. The interest was good. Bro. I. D. Parker, 
of Elkhart, Ind., was with us during a part of those meetings 
and preached three sermons for us, one being a missionary 
sermon. After this sermon a collection was held for World- 
wide Missions, which amounted to S28.67. We expect to hold 
another series of meetings at the Lake church sometime in 
February. Our Sunday school was reorganized at the begin- 
ning of this year and we are now having an evergreen Sunday 
school. This is the first year we have had Sunday school dur- 
ing the winter.— ^.y. Carper, Middle Branch, Ohio, Jan. j. 

Painter Creek.— We are indebted to our elder, Tobias 
Kreider, for the following report of Ludlow church for the 
year ending Dec. 31, 1898: Members received by baptism, 43; 
by letter, 23; reclaimed, 2; total, 68. Members to whom letters 
were granted, 33; dismissed, 4; died, 8; total, 45. Gain during 
the year, 23. Total membership in this district about 400, with 
a full corps of officials, all working in harmony with the usages 
of the church, the decisions of Annual Meeting, and in con- 
formity with the plain Gospel order. All are in loveand union 
as becomes the followers of the meek and lowly lamb of God. 
Bro. Michael Flory, of Girard, 111., who has been laboring for 
the members of the Oakland church, preached at our Painter 
Creek house on the evening of Jan. 2 to a large audience. — 
Levi Minnich,Jan. 2. 

Ludlow.— After preaching at Philipsburg in the Salem con- 
gregation, Bro. S. R. Zug, of Mastersonville, Pa., began 
preaching for us af Pitsburg. The meetings began on the 
evening of Dec. ig, and continued until the evening of Dec. 
29. Instead of having a regular day meeting we had a chil- 
dren's meeting Dec. 29. The public schools nearly all having 
holiday vacation, there was a large attendance of children 
present. It was soon discovered that Bkk Zug has the happy 
faculty of getting right into the affection of children. While 
he is generally well known throughout the Brotherhood very 
few of the members ever had the privilege of hearing him be- 
fore. During our meeting Eld. Jesse Stutsman has been at 
Bells, Tenn., taking care of his afflicted son, whose recovery, 
we learn, is growing more .hopeful. — Levi Minnich. Painter 
Creek. Ohio, Dec._^i^ 

Jan. 14. 


Oakland.— Eld. jMichael Flory, of Girard, III., commenced 
meetings Dec. 15, and continued until the evening of Jan. i, 
delivering in all twenty-five sermons. Two united with the 
church. Our brother faithfully discharged his duty while with 
us, and we hope much good may result from his labors.—/. H. 
C/irislian, Gettysburg, Ohio, Jan. j. 

Lower Stillwater.— Dec. 12 Bro. H. C. Early, of Montevid- 
eo, Va., came to us and labored very earnestly for nearly two 
weeks, when he could not continue any longer. We expect 
Bro. D. F. Hoover, of Indiana, to btjgin a series of meetings at 
the lower house about the middle of January. — Susie Florence 
Bookwaltcr, Trotwood, Ohio. Jan. 2. 

Upper Twin.— Dec. 12 Bro. H. L. Fadely began a series of 
meetings in the Beech Grove house in the above-named con- 
gregation. We closed our meetmgs Dec. 26. The meetings 
were well attended considering the bad weather. The meet- 
ings closed with a good feeling both among members and out- 
siders.- y. E. ■Williams, Eaton, Ohio, Dec. 30. 


Valley Bethel. — The Brethren preached for us in Novem- 
ber, which will be the last preaching we will have until spring. 
We expect Bro. A. A. Miller to locate here at that time. We 
closed our Sunday school in October for the winter. We used 
the Brethren's literature and like it very much, — Vena S. Bus- 
sard. Bolar, Va., Jan. t. 

Troutville.— The Brethren around Troutville were fortunate 
enough to secure the services of Bro. G. B. Holsinger, of 
Bridgewater, Va,, to conduct a singing class during the Holi- 
days. He gave sixteen lessons to the entire satisfaction of all. 
We used "Gospel Songs and Hymns No. i "and were so well 
pleased with the book that we got fifty copies. The more we 
heard the better we liked the book. We would recommend it 
to any who wish to improve the music in church and home. 
Bro. Holsinger is a first-class teacher in every respect and 
should be kept busy, as good singing is of great importance to 
the success of our meetmgs. — S. L. Shaver, Jan. 3. 

Manassas.— We had Christmas services at Buckhall and 
Cannon Branch. We closed our Sunday school on Christmas. 
On the last day of the year we met in quarterly council. All 
the business was disposed of pleasantly. One was received by 
letter and two letters were granted. During the past year six 
were baptized and six were received by letter. We lost one 
sister by death and gave four letters. We now number thirty- 
one brethren and forty-seven sisters, among whom are two eld- 
ers, two ministers and four deacons. Our membership is di- 
vided as follows: Twenty-one married brethren; twenty-one 
married sisters, two widowers, three widows, twenty-two single 
sisters and eight single brethren. Our members are located 
principally in the eastern part of Prince William County, with 
about a half dozen in Fairfax County. Bro. W. K. Conner, of 
Bridgewater, gave us a good New Year's sermon. We have 
cold weather now.— /. E. Blough,Jan.2. 


Olathe. — We have decided to have an evergreen Sunday 
school this year. We use the Brethren's literature. Bro. P. 
H. Hertzog preached a very interesting Christmas sermon last 
Sunday. Sadie Wise, Dec. 30. 

Cheyenne.— Bro. G. M. Lauver, of St. Francis, came to us 
Dec, 24 and gave us seven very able discourses. Our meet- 
ings were then continued two more evenings by brethren Hen- 
ry Frye and G. H. Sharp, our home ministers, — W. E. Hilta- 
bidel, Atwood, Kans., Jan. 3. 

Pleasant View.— We met in quarterly council Dec. 31. 
Love and good feeling seemed to prevail during the meetings, 
which is very commendable. All business passed off pleasant- 
ly. Our Sunday school was reorganized by electing Bro. W, 
R. Cline as Superintendent and Bro. J. S. McKee, Assistant. 
We have an interesting Sunday school, which makes it easy tc 
keep up an interest in church services. Churches that have 
no Sunday school should think about this.— >4. F. Miller, 
Booth, Kans., Jan. 3. 

Michigan Valley. — The Bible normal of the Appanoose 
church, conducted by Eld. S. Z. Sharp, of Plattsburg, Mo., was 
held during the holiday week. We certainly could have spent 
our vacation no more pleasantly and profitably than in tear 
ing"moreof Jesus." The lessons were taken from Genes 
Romans and Hebrews. We also studied the life of Chri; 
giving especial prominence to the happenings of the week of 
passion. We were pleased with the attendance and int 
manifested by our home congregation. It was, indeed, in 
ing to see the interest taken by our young members and the 
children. We expect in the near future, the Lord willing, 
organize a class for the continuation of special Bible study. 
Dora SherJy,Jan. 2. 


Dryden. — Cold weather hindered the work somewhat duri) 
this month. Some new places for meetings, where calls ha 
been made a long while ago, should be supplied, but there a 
more calls than I can fill. Many hmdrances confront the work 
here, yet the Lord is gracious and I always find him a present 
help in the time of trouble.— j5. E. Kesler, Jan. 2. 

Turnmore.- We met in quarterly council Dec. 31. Bro. J. 
W. Gephart, our elder, was with us. All business passed off 
in brotherly love. Some time was spent in discussing the best 
way to conduct a prayer meeting. We took up collection 
for home missions and for the poor fund. Bro. P. W, Daniel 
was elected solicitor and W. L. Daniel, reporter.— IK L. Dan- 


South River — Bro. Crewson came to this place Dec. 18 and 
preached for us until Dec. 28. Much good was done here. 
Dec. 31 we held our regular council. All business was trans- 
acted in \K^Tn\o\\y. —Elisabeth Watt, Truro, Iowa,Jan. /. 

English River.— We have closed a very successful Bible 
school at North English, Iowa, conducted by Bro. D. D. Culler 
and Sister Flora E. Teague. It was fairly well attended dur- 
ing the day and still better at night. We can certainly speak 
with praise of the instructors. All expressed themselves as be- 
ing well pleased.—/*. Hop-wood, North English, Iowa, Jan. 2. 

Prairie City.— Our Bible school and meetings, commencing 
Dec. 24, and closing Jan. i, conducted by Bro. J. E. Miller, of 
Mt. Morris, III., were highly appreciated, very instructive and 
full of interest. No doubt much good will result therefrom. 
Our day sessions were attended by members and those of oth- 
er societies. The evening Bible reading and preaching was 
enjoyed by many, Bro. Miller's zeal and earnestness arc to be 
commended. His visit here has made lasting impressions. — 
L. V. Bosserman, Jan. 2. 

SouUi English.- Concerning the work of English River 
church for l8g8 we give the following: Series of meetings held, 
two; evergreen Sunday schools, two; Communions, two; special 
Bible scliools, two; members' meetings, six; regular monthly 
meetings, seven; one weekly social meeting. One minister was 
elected during year. Additions by baptism, five; by letter, 
six; decreased, by letter, six; death, one. Number of members 
at close of year, 176. Condition of Sunday school and working 
order of church, good. — S. F. Brower,Jan. 1, 


Hawthorn.— We have some encouragements in our work 
here. Bro. S. W. Baile, a deacon, from Pennsylvania, has 
come to our assistance for the winter. Eld, A, Hutchison is 
here recuperating, and will soon be ready for the sacred desk. 
Bro. D. E. Stover has returned from a six months' visit in the 
northern States. With these reinforcements we hope to ac- 
complish much good in the Master's cause. We enjoyed a 
very pleasant love feast Dec, 31, Twenty-four communed. 
Bro. Stover officiated. I start South Jan. 6, to begin a series of 
meetings on Indian River.— C D. Hylton, Jan.3. 

Keuka.— This is to say that I am still blessed of the Lord. 
I was permitted to enjoy the feast with the little band near 
Hawthorn, at the close of the year. We had a very pleasant 
waiting upon the Lord, having with us a nice little congrega- 
tion of neighbors, who gave us the greatest respect in their 
Christian deportment. Many of you, who have always dwelt 
in large congregations, can scarcely realize how enjoyable 
these little love feasts are. Small in number they are large in 
the spiritual feast to the soul, I tried to talk for them a little. 
This is the first time I have been at church since Nov. 1, How 
good tjie Lord has been to mel 1 now feel very hopeful that I 
can soon go to work again. This Florida atmosphere seems 
to be the balm for my lungs. — A. Hutchison, Jan, 2. 


Cerrogordo. — To-day, Dec- 31, the church met in quarterly 
council. Bro. J. G. Royer (the elder) not being present, li^ld, 
John Arnold presided. The meeting was a pleasant one. 
New officers for the church and Sunday school were chosen. 
The church hopes to secure Bro. Andrew Hutchison the com- 
ing fall for a series of meetings. The Sisters' Benevolent So- 
ciety met on the evening of Dec. 28 and reorganized. They 
are now ready to go onward with their good work. — Anna 
Bowman, Dec. 31. 

Oakley,— Our quarterly council occurred Dec. 2g. All busi- 
ness passed off pleasantly. One was received by htter and 
several letters were granted. Our Sunday school was reorgan- 
ized with Bro. W. H. Hood as Superintendent and D. D. 
Bhckenstaff, assistant. We have just closed a term of singing, 
in which we used "Gospel Songs and Hymns No. i." We 
like it very much and have also adopted it for use in our Sun- 
day school. Bro. Chas. M. Yearout is expected to begin meet- 
ings in Oakley the evening of Jan. i\.—D. J. BlickemtaJf,Jan. 


Carrington.- The first Brethren located at the above-named 
place in April, iScjO. A church was organized June, 1896, with 
seventeen members. We number now between 150 and 175. 
We have six meeting points. In our churchhouse in Carring- 
ton we have meetings each Sunday forenoon and evening. 
During the summer we have five Sunday schooU in our Dis- 
trict. Our church is alive to the good work of the IVIaster. — 
D. H. Nicctiin. Dec. 28. 

Red River.- The church at this place had a very pleasant 
love feast Nov. 17. Bro. Geo. Slrycker officiated. We also 
held a week's meetings before the feast. On Thanksgiving day 
a collection was taken for the " India Orphanage." We closed 
our Sunday school On Christmas day after a very interesting 
school throughout the entire season. The average attendance 
was thirty-two. We have a well-organized prayer meeting 
which meets every Thursday evening at private houses. Our 
quarterly council will occur Jan. 6.~D. W. Wolf, Mayville. 
N. Dak., Jan. 3. 


Nezperce.— Dec. 24 and 25 we had a pleasant visit from 
brethren Faw, Miller and Plank, of the Grafton church. On 
Sunday morning, by common consent, union services were 
held in the Presbyterian church. In the evening Bro. Faw 
preached an excellent sermon to an attentive audience.— /(?//« 
I M. Cox. Dec. 27. 


Black River.-Our elder, Bro. Isaiah Rairigh. began a series 

meetings for us Dec, 17, and closed yesterday evening with 
lod interest. Yesterday we met in council. An election for 
m deacons resulted in choosing Bro. Frank Thomas and the 
t\\^x.— Isaac Flora, South Haven, Mich., Dec. 3/. 

Woodland.— Bro. E, M. Cobb, of North Manchester, Ind. 
conducted for us a Bible school of ten days' duration, closing 
yesterday with a good interest. All who attended expressed 
themselves as being highly pleased with the work. Two 
young sisters were added to our number by baptism. A great- 
er interest was awakened in Bible study, and the church was 
built M^t.—John M. Smith, Jan. 6. 


Lordsburg — The feast here last night was replete with ten- 
der feeling. Eld. J. J. Kindig, of Nebraska, led the exercises 
in a very impressive manner. The Lord's cause in his hands 
was magnified. Personally my health is improving under this 
warm weather,— /I/. Af. Eshelman, Dec. 2j. 

Dos Palos.— We have enjoyed a short season of soul-cheer- 
ing and refreshing sermons by Bro. G. W. Hoxie, of Williams, 
Ore. Brother and Sister Hoxie are journeying by private con- 
veyance from their Southern California. From Fri- 
day, Dec. 23, to Monday, Dec. 26, they made their abode with 
us, which was very much appreciated. The words of cheer 
and comfort at our Sunday school will long be remembered. — 
A.Julius, Dec, 28. 


Alleghany.—Our church council, Dec. 24, passed off very 
pleasantly. There was not much business before the meeting 
but all passed off in a Christian manner.— ^///w C. Moore, 
Jan. 3. 

Eglon. — Dec, 24 I left my home in Preston County, to go to 
a point in Tucker County. I stayed until Jan. i. Four were 
baptized, one reclaimed, and one applicant awaits baptism. 
The interest of the meetings was good and tlie best of order 
prevailed. Saints were revived.— ///(i(?r/ S. Arnold, Jan.3. 

Big Creek.- We met in council Dec. 17. Three were re- 
ceived by letter and one by baptism. Elders I. Belts and J. 
Brubaker were with us. — Henry Holderread, Cushing, Okta. 
T„ Dec. 3(). 

Washita.— We held our quarterly council Dec. 31. All 
business was disposed of in a Christian manner. We expect 
to hold a series of meetings soon, to be conducted by Eld. 
Gripe. We also decided to have Bible meeting two Sundays 
in a month. At present we have three regular preaching serv- 
ices a month.— >//n Pitser, Cordell, Okla. T.,Jan. /. 

Lutes.— Bro. D. H. Forney recently gave us two soul- 
cheering sermons. We need more help in the ministry. The 
field is large. Land is cheap and of good quality. Brethren 
desiring to better their temporal condition are invited to come 
among us.—V^. D. Keyes, McClean, Nebr., Jan.3. 

Notice.— The churches of the District of Nebraska are here- 
by notified that Bro. J. M. Bechtelheimer, Treasurer of Mis- 
sion Board, has resigned, and Bro. Jacob Rutt has been ap- 
pointed his successor. All mission funds should now be sent 
to Bro. Jacob Rutt, Octavia, Nebr.— /rw^ Y. Heckler, Jan. 3. 

South Fork.— We convened in council Dec. 29. Owing to 
the ill health of our elder, D. D. Sell, Bro. Gilbert acted as 
moderator of the meeting. There was considerable business 
before the meeting, which was transacted in a Christianlike 
spirit. Our evergreen Sunday school was reorganized by 
electing Bro. Puterbaugh, Superintendent, and Bro. Gilbert, 
Assistant.— C W. Ellenberger, Tttrney, Mo.. Dec. 3/. 

Mohawk Valley — Our church held its quarterly council 
Dec. 24, at which time we elected a full corps of Sunday 
school officers and also several church officers. The writer 
was elected Muissenger correspondent and agent. At our 
council meeting peace, love and harmony prevailed.— C^^or^if 
Drury, Dec. 26. 


Sharpsburg.— The church at this place was dedicated Jan. 
1 by Bro. Silas Hoover, and a series of meetings is now in prog- 
ress. A Sunday school has been organized and an effort is 
being made to push the good work on.— 5. //. Neikirk.Jan. -f. 

Campbellsville.— We held our quarterly council Dec. 31. 
Owing to the inclement weather there were but few present. 
All business was pleasantly disposed of. Bro. Culp officiated. 
It was decided to hold a series of meetings some time in Feb- 
ruary. Bro. D. E. Cripe expects to attend the special Bible 
term, at North Manchester, in January.— fK H. Fairlftim, 


Garland.— Our Sunday school is well attended this winter. 
The Mormon Bishop and the principal of their school from 
Bear River City were present one Sunday. They seemed well 
pleased with the school. One more member moved in lately. 
^Saletn Beery, Jan. 3. 

Lewiston.— Our series of meetings began Dec. 18 and closed 
Dec. 29. Bro. Harvey Eikenberry preached sixteen earnest 
Mary J. McDotigall.Jan. 2. 


Jan. 14, 1899. 


Christmas Services at Kearney. 

Christmas at Kearnty was a pleasant occa- 
sion for young and old. We arranged to have 
a Christmas dinner for all the very poor chil- 
dren, at our home on Satnrday. About forty- 
five were present. Among them was a dear 
old grandfather and grandmother. Their pres- 
ence seemed to make the gathering more 
pleasant. The children immediately became 
more quiet, and offered their comfortable 
chairs to the old couple. 

Our dinner was just such as children most 
enjoy. A nice Christmas box had been sent us 
from one of the State Sunday schools, and the 
sisters here, too, contributed liberally. We 
felt amply paid for all the work the dinner had 
made us, when we saw how the children appre- 

On Sunday morning we had our Sunday 
school and services as usual. Bro. Ira Snavely 
delivered a Christmas mission? 
in thought and full of the spirit. In the after- 


In McClitre's Magazine for January M 
Tarbell gives an account of Lincoln's first i 
auguralion as President, drawn largely from 
unpublished reminiscences of people who wi 
nessed it; and from similar reminiscences sh 
constructs a most interesting portrait of Lii 
coin as he appeared in his first meetings wit 
his cabinet and through the first days of h 
residence in the White House. Captain M: 
han describes and compares the naval an 
military conditions of ourselves and Spain a 
the outbreak of the 1 


experience in the fight fi 
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o'clock. There we had a good attendani 
about seventy-five children and forty-five 
adults. The exercises were given entirely by 
the children, and lasted for about an 1 
We feel that our little program was a benefit 
as well as a pleasure to alt. 

In a previous conversation with the children, 
one little girl thought it would be well if we 
might give a Christmas offering to Jesus. Ac- 
cordingly we look up a collection for the fur- 
therance of the work here, and received eight 
dollars. After this offering we distributed the 
gifts to the children. 

A number of special donations had been sent 
us from different individuals and Sunday 
schools, and it was with these that all our 
Christmas expenses were paid. Some of the 
donations sent in were from children who had 
begun with but a few cents and increased 
their little investment until it amounted to dol- 
lars. This they requested should be used ex- 
pressly for the poor children. 

Dec. 23 our sisters met at Sister Forney's to 
organize themselves into a "Helping Circle" 
for the benefit of mission work everywliere. 
We chose as Superintendent, Sally Snavely; 
President, Pearl Snavely; Vice-President, Hat- 
tie Netzley; Secretary and Treasurer, Virginia 
M. Wine. We also adopted a set of by-laws 
to govern the Circle. There seem to be good 
prospects of success among us. We will meet 
every Friday afternoon. 

Virginia M. Wine. 

Kearney, Nebr., 1^0/ Avenue F. 

The Bible School at Lanark. 

Dec. 22 Bro. J. G. Royer came to the church 
here and began a series of sermons which con- 
tinued each evening until Jan. i. Beginning 
on Friday morning, Dec. 23, we began a Bible 
school. The day lessons were made extremely 
practical for church workers, and at the same 
lime of great interest and value to those who 
have not yet given themselves to the Lord. 

A deep interest was manitested by all in at- 
tendance. It was a real satisfaction to see the 
lively part taken by the children and the 
young people. The average daily attendance 
s 104. The evening services 

of the 

IS not intended for a revival 
i; made the good confession and 

The work 
meeting, yet 1 

We feel that a great and good work was 
done. The members of the church were great- 
ly strengthened. We believe that in time to 
come good fruits will result from the meet- 
ings. What to do, and how to do it. was 
the one special thread that ran through the 


: feel 

that our brother did his work well 

it is more important to prepare the church for 

work than it is to convert sinners. 

A term of Bible study of this kind would be 
good for every church in the Brotherhood. We 
.need to have the members stirred to be work- 
ers. There are too many drones and specta- 
tors, and not enough workers. The Lord com- 
manded us to pray for laborers, not for idlers. 

I. Bennett Trout. 
Jan. 4. 

"Sorrow and grief : 
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East 25th St., New York City. 


WEAVF.R. — In the Woodstock church, 
Shenandoah Co., \"a., Dec. 10, 1898, Bro. Wm. 
Weaver, aged 85 years, 4 months and 8 days. 
Services by the writer. S. A. Shaver. 

KEISER.— At thehome of her son, in the 
English River church. Iowa, Dec. 21, 1898, 
aged 86 years, 10 months and 

Dorothy Keis 
IQ days, Sisl 
a few 

t Virginia 



BETTS— BURNETT.— At the bride's 
ents, near Cushing, Okla., Dec. 24, 1898, by the 
undersigned, Bro. Jacob Belts, of Davenport, 
Okla., and Sister Nora Burnett, of Cushing, 
Okla. Jas. a. Stouder. 

HOLDERREAD— AUSTIN. — At the resi- 
dence of the bride's parents, Dec. 25, 1898, by 
the undersigned, Bro. Louis Holderread and 
Sister Gracie Austin, both of Payne County, 


A. G. Fi 

SHEETS-HUMLER.— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, Dec. 29, 1898, Bro. A 
Sheets and Sister Cora Humler. 

C. H. Brown. 

STEELE— KINZIE.— At the residence 

e bride's parents, Pansy, Kans., Dec. 21 

98, by the undersigned. Mr. Claude J. Steel 

and Lulu F. KinzPe. John Sherfv. 

WELCH-PARRISH.— At thehome of the 
bride's parents, Dec. 25, 1898, by the un 
igned, Mr. Lewis A. Welch, of Carroll Ci 
ty, and Miss Cynthia Parrish, of Tippecanoe 
County, Ind. John Deal. 

DUENK— YOST. - Near Pyrmont, Ind., 
ec. 25, 1898, by the undersigned, at his resi- 
dence, Mr. Orley Duenk and Sister Rachel 
Yost, both of Tippecanoe, Ind. John Deal. 

KINDV— HOLLMAN.— In the Green Tree 
church. Pa., Sept. 7, 1898, by Eld. J. T. Meyers, 
J. Harry Kindy and Adah B. Hollman. 

E. A. Dunn. 
ULLERV-CHUBB.-At the residence of 
the undersigned, at Olathe, Johnson Co., Kans., 
3ec. 28, 189S, Christopher Ullery, of Ottawa, 
,nd Jennie A. Chubb, of Olathe, Kans. 

George E. Wise. 
home of the bride's parents, near Plymouth, 
Ind.. Dec. 28, 1898, by the undersigned, Bro. J. 
Y. Solenberger, of Ginghamsburg, Ohio, and 
Sister Iva Ullery, of Plymouth, Ind. 

D. H. Weaver. 

WIRT-SCHWARTZ. — In the Brethren 

church, at Lewiston, Minn., Dec. 29, 1898, by 

undersigned. Eld. Jacob Wirt and Sister 

ie Schwartz, both of the Winona church, 

Winona County, Minn. 




KEPHART.-In the Manor congregation, 
Indiana Co., Pa., Dec. 8, i8g8. Sister Barbara 
Kephart, aged 68 years, 1 month and 27 days. 
Services from Heb. 13: 14, by the writer. 

WJFF.— At the home of her son. Lewis Ruff, 

:t. 8, 1898, of old age. Sister Barbara Ruff, 

e Hoover, aged 83 years, 4 months and 25 

days. She was a consistent member of the 

Brethren church for about sixty-three years. 

husband preceded her in death about ten 

years. She was the mother of five children, 

of whom preceded her. Services at the 

Reading cemetery, near Georgetown, Columbi- 

na Co., Ohio. Services by the writer, at Par- 

'. Ohio. S. B. Stuckev. 

r Keiser was as well as usual till 
before her death. She was bom 
ved to Illinois in 1S76, and tc 
Iowa in 1893. The husband and three children 
preceded her. Seven children remain behind, 
among which is Eld. Thos. Keiser. She lived 
an exemplary life. Services by elders C. M 
Brower and Samuel Flory from Psa. 102: 1 1, 12, 
S. F. Brower. 
FERRENBURG. — In the Farrenburg 
church. Mo., Dec. 22, 1898, of concussion of the 
.rain, Amos Ferrenburg, son of Bro. W. A. 
nd Sister Sallie Ferrenburg, aged 20 years, 4 
lonths and 22 days. • He leaves an aged fa- 
ther, two sisters and two brothers. Services 
by Bro. Moses Cruea from Ecc. 5: 26. 

Tabitha Cruea. 
KINDY.— Inthe Green Tree congregation, 
Pa., Oct. 20. 1898, of typhoid fever, J. Harry 
Kindy, eldest son of Maggie C. and the late 
John D. Kindy, aged about 26 years. 

E. A. Dunn. 
KINDY.— In the same congregation, Nov. 
29. 1898, Maggie C. Kindy, widow of the late 
John D. Kindy. aged about 55 years. Services 
for both were held in the Green Tree, church 
by Eld. J. T. Myers. Interment in the grounds 
adjoining. E. A. Dunn. 

VIRUEN.— In the bounds of the Monticello 
church, Ind., Dec. 19, 1898. Mary F. Virden, 
nee Welch, aged 76 years, 3 months and 2C 
days. She moved with her parents to Tippe 
canoe County. Ind., in 1837. In 1853 she was 
united in marriage to Samuel Virden. Tc 
this union one son was born. Both father and 
son preceded her. She was of the Quaker 
faith. The family have been residents 
White County, Ind.. for about twenty-sev 
years. Services by the writer. 

A. R. Bridge. 
KEESLING.— At his home, eight mil 
northwest of Noblesville, Ind., Dec. 22, 1898, of 
;rvous prostration. Rice P. Keesling, aged 66 
;ars. His wife preceded him four year 
e was the father of six children. Servi 
e writer from Isa. 40: 6. 

John S. McCarty. 
PYLES.— In the Price's Creek congregation. 
Ohio. Dec. 24, 1898. Catharine Pyles. nee Phil- 
lips, aged 79 years, 11 months and 27 days, 
rriage to J. T. Pyles, 
May 24, 1840. who preceded her to that better 

Id April 30, 1877. To this union five chi 
dren were born. She leaves one brother, thri 
daughters. Services by Bro. J, 
cob Coppock and the writer from Heb. 4: 9. 
H. H. Eby. 

KRING.— Also, in the same church. Dec. 13, 
i8g8, Bernetha C. Kring, daughter of friend 
Ira and Sister Amanda Kring, aged 4 years, i 
month and 18 days. She leaves father, moth- 
er and three sisters to mourn the loss of one 
they dearly loved. Services. by Bro. Daniel 
Wysong from Matt. 18: 2, 3. 



MINNICH.-In Pleasan 
1898, Bro. David Minnich, 
months and 8 days. He w, 
bersburg, Pa., Jan. 8, 1829. 
his parents to Ohio when 
1850 he w 


Hill. Ohio, Dec. 20, 

aged 69 years, 1 1 

was born near Cham- 

). He emigrated with 

n four years old. In 

Maiinda Deeter. To 

en were born, four having 

was much respected by all. 

ren and two brotliers sur- 

conducted by Eld. Tobias 

the Pleasant Hill cem- 

Levi Minnich. 

in the Sugar 
of lung fever. 

. great sufferer for 
uble. not having 

ix childr 
preceded him. He 
A widow, two child 

Kreider. Intermenl 

SHUTT.— At Balti 
Creek church, Dec. 
Bro. Peter Shuli, agec 
18 days. Bro. Shutt 
about ten years from : _ 
been able to walk during th' 
tenderly cared for by his loving wife and 
daughter for seven years. Funeral by the 
writer. W. F. England. 

TURNEY.— In Salem church, near Center, 
Ohio, Dec. 25, 1898. Sister Rosaimah Turney. 
nee Mishler, aged 66 years, 3 months and 26 
days. Deceased was married to Ammi Tur- 
ney, March 20, 1855. This union was blessed 
six sons and two daughters, of whom sev- 
emain. She was a faithful member. Serv- 
by Bro. B. F, Honeyman from Mark 13: 


5 by 

COFFMAN.— In the West Branch church, 
I., Dec. 28, 1898, Sister Mary A. Coffman, 
■!€ Miller, aged 32 years, 8 months and 17 
days. Sister Coffman was born April 1 1, 1866. 
vas married to George W. Coffman Oct. 
595. She leaves a husband and two small 
children. Sister Coffman was a faithful mem- 
ber of the church for twelve years. Services 
n Polo, by Bro. M. S. Newcomer, assisted by 
Eld. Underwood, of the United 
church. D. A. Rowland. 

JOHNSON.— In the Ludlow. Ohio, church. 
Dec. 19, 1898, Amanda Johnson, aged 55 years 
and 29 days. She was born Nov. 21, 1843. 
March 28. 1861, she was married to Nathan 
Johnson. To this union eleven children were 
born, four of whom preceded her to the spirit 
d. Services by Eld. Tobias Kreider and 
Jacob Brumbaugh. Levi Minnich. 

the Codorus church, York 
, 28, 1898, Jacob Herbst, aged 
iths and 27 days. Deceased 

seven children. Services by 

the residence. 

County, Pa., Dec 
76 years, 8 moi 
leaves a wife an( 
the Brethren at 
the Brethren's burying ground of the Pleasant 
Hill church. J. A. Long. 

KRING.— In the Bremen church, Ind., Oct. 
. 1898, Sister Barbara Kring, wife of friend 
manuuel Kring, aged 52 years. She was an 
tense sufferer for a long time with rheuma- 
mi, and afterwards consumption set in. She 
IS a faithful member. Interment at the 

Hepton graveyard. Services by Bro. Jphn R. 

Miller. Christian Parker. 

WINE.— At her home, near Spurgeon, in the 
bounds of the Pleasant Valley church, Tenn., 
Oct. 19, 1898. Catharine Wine. The deceased, 
daughter of Christian Wine, was born Oct. 12, 
1840, and spent her entire life in the home in 
which she was born. She united with the 
church in 1862 and lived a faithful and consis- 
tent Christian life. She leaves six brothers 
and three sisters, her father, mother and one 
brother having gone before. Services by Eld. 
John C. Bashor. E. T. Wine. 

DRUCKAMILLER.— In the bounds of the 
Solomon's Creek congregation, Elkhart Co. 
Ind., Dec. 27, 1898, Lovina Druckamiller, wife 
of I. Clark Druckamiller, and daughter of Bro. 

David and Sister Coy. aged 47 years, 5 

months and 14 days. June 16, 1872. she was 
joined in marriage to John Clark Druckamil- 
ler. Unto them were born nine children, five 
of whom preceded her. She leaves a husband; 
four children, a father and mother, one sister, 
one brother and many friends. She was a 
member of the Progressive church. Services 
by Mr. Menaugh, of the Progressive church, 
and the writer. J. H. Warstler. 

BOTELER.— In York, Pa., Dec. 3, 1898, 
from an attack of asthma. Doctor George W. 
Boteler, aged 59 years. 3 months and 24 days. 
He had been for a number of years a promi- 
nent physician of Waynesboro, Pa., but about 
a year and a half ago moved to York. He had 
been an army surgeon during the civil war, 
but soon after the close of the war he united 
with the Brethren church in Middletown Val- 
ley, Md., and ever had an unwavering faith 
and confidence in the principles and doctrines 
of the church. Services at his residence. In- 
ent in the Brethren's burying ground at 
;'s church. He leaves a wife and seven 
children. J. A. LoNG. 

HOOVER.— In the Raven Run church, Bed- 
ford Co., Pa.. Mary, wife of Elias Hoover, aged 
63 years, 4 months and 18 days. Services by 
Eld. G. W. Brumbaugh, assisted by Bro. Sam- 
uel Ritchey from Heb. 4: 10. 


-ARNOLD.— In York. Pa., Dec. 26, 1898, 
John Arnold, son of Alfred Arnold, aged 26 
years. 5 months and 22 days. Services in the 
nion house at Manchester. Pa. 

J. A. Long. 
ROUGH.- In the Paint Creek church. Bour- 
bon Co., Kans., Andrew Kough, aged 56 years, 
I months and 20 days. Deceased was born in 
untingdon County, Pa., in 1864. He was 
arried to Elizabeth Gibble. They united 
ith the church in 1872. Bro. Kough served in 
the office of deacon for some time prior to his 
death. His disease was complicated. He 
:s a wife and seven children. Services by 
writer from Job 7: i, 8, 10. 

T. A. Robinson. 


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fus party, composed of Jew-haters and the military 
element. All France, at present, is divided into two 
parties, — for and against Dreyfus. Meanwhile the 
unfortunate pri.soncr still languishes on the lonely 
island, while France is on the verge of a struggle 
that will undoubtedly be disastrous to the peace 
and prosperity of the nation. It is to be deplored 
that the French nation has lost, to a great extent, 
the elements of stability and discretion, so necessary 
to a wise administration of governmental affairs. 
Worse than all, however, is the disregard of reli- 
gious matters, by the majority of the people, and 
the consequent growth of licentiousness and infidel- 
ity, which are sapping the vitality of the nation. 

Aid Society. Canton Church. By Tillte Hang 42 

; Mothers, By Mrs. B. E. Byers i'i 

: Minister. By D. M. Click, 43 

Love. By Grace Burket, 43 


The sale of Bismarck's ',' Memoirs" has attained 
the enormous figure of 900,000 copies and yet, it is 
claimed, the demand has not been more than half 
supplied. Quite contrary to the commonly-accept- 
ed idea, Bismarck never advocated war for its own 
sake, but alwiiys counseled to maintain peace, if at 
all possible. One of his expressions is this: "The 
very fear of God should teach us to love peace and 
t^ foster it." The peace principle has ever been 
one of the fundamental teachings of the church of 
Christ, and we should see well to it that nothing will 
draw us into the arena of carnal warfare and strife. 

That the clays of cannibalism have not passed 
away entirely, is shown by the experience of Browne 
P. Smith, a missionary at Matadi, in the Congo Free 
State, Africa, who recently lectured in Chicago. On 
one of his missionary tours he saw fifteen people 
killed and devoured by cannibals, and was himself 
destined to a like fate, but fortunately escaped 
Before the death penalty was executed upon the un- 
fortunate victims, excruciating tortures were inflict- 
ed upon them. We often speak of our great privi- 
lege in living in this land of Bibles. Do we really 
appreciate it? And if we do, are we willing to 
prove, by our actual doing, that we love our be 
nighted brethren beyond the sea? 

We have made occasional reference to the Drey 
fus case, as new developments, concerning the un- 
fortunate French exile, were brought to public no- 
tice. The new trial that was granted him resulted 
in a favorable ruling by the Court of Cassation, and 
it was thought that the release of Dreyfus would 
follow, no matter what the ulterior outcome might 
be among the conflicting elements of the Inench 
population. Now, however, all this appears to be 
changed. Mr. Quesnay .de Beaurepaire, the presid- 
ing judge of the Court of Cassation, has taken an 
open stand against Dreyfus, and denounced his as- 
sociates for their alleged partiality in the case. 
He has placed himself at the head of the anti-Drey- 

It is encouraging to learn that Li Hung Chang, 
who was ordered by the Dowager Empress of China 
to devise means to prevent the periodical inunda- 
tions of the Yellow River, has actually succeeded in 
arriving at a plan to secure the desired end. For 
centuries the Yellow River has inundated the coun- 
try, devastated the farms and destroyed hundreds of 
lives. With some of the best European and Amer- 
ican engineers to aid him, Li Hung Chang has made 
a most thorough investigation and will no doubt 
succeed in preventing the enormous loss of propertj' 
and lives that has heretofore been allowed to occur. 
How much more commendable to see men from dif- 
ferent nations assisting one another in the devising 
of means to save life and property, than to destroy 
one another in the legalized slaughter, called 

Notwithstanding the cruel persecution waged 
against the Jewish race in several of the European 
states, the wealthy Jews continue to heap coals of 
fire upon the heads of the anti-Semitic agitators by 
their munificent gifts for the relief of the poor. On- 
ly recently Gustave and Alphonse Rothschild, ol 
I'aris, gave nearly $50,000 to the deserving poor and 
at other places equally liberal donations to the poor 
have been made by wealthy Israelites. In this re- 
spect they put to shame Tnany professing Christians 
who fail to heed the apostle's injunction, " to be 
ready for every good work." 

A GREAT battle was recently fought at Shanel, in 
the Yemen division of Arabia, in which 6,000 lives 
were lost. For over four years there has been a 
conflict between the Turks and Arabs, and this has 
finally culminated in the decisive action above allud- 
ed to. Four thousand Arabs and two thousand Turks 
were slain in the bloody encounter. A further ad- 
vance has been ordered by the Turkish authorities, 
and it is altogether likely that Abdullah Pasha will 
march upon Sasbeh, an important stronghold, 150 
miles further on. This will undoubtedly result in fur- 
ther encounters and more bloodshed. All lovers of 
peace cannot help but wish that more of the loving 
spirit of the Master might prevail in the hearts of 
the children of men throughout the world. " Thy 
kingdom come," should be the longing desire and 
prayer of every Christian. 

The Czar's proposal for disarmament of the Eu- 
ropean powers, while favora:bly commented upon, 
does not sCem to have the desired effect, so far as 
practical results are concerned. FVance proposes 
to expend S62,ooo,ooo for the construction of war 
vessels, and Russia itself is anxious to spend almost 
the same amount for defensive measures. It seems 
that each European power is in favor of disarma- 
ment on the part of the others, or, metaphorically 
speaking, each one is willing to prescribe a very 
good medicine for others, but unwilling to give it a 
personal trial. Their inconsistent action reminds 
one of the conduct of many professing Christians 
who with a glib tongue talk about the sacrifices that 
should be made, but when it comes to the point, 
do not seem at all anxious to put their teachings 
into practice. 

While by the terms of the treaty of peace the 
Philippines virtually belong to the United States, yet 
only a small part of the Islands is actually in the 
possession of our Government at present. Many of 
our best-informed statesmen are beginning to realize 
that it will require a great amount of money and 
large forces of soldiers to drive out the insurgents 
and preserve peace. A conservative estimate puts 
the number of men required at 40,000. Many of 
these will die of plague and fever which not even 
the natives can withstand. The experience of Eng- 
land, with her large armies in India, is an illustra- 
tion of the difficulty under which an outlying terri- 
tory is managed. Even with the more favorable sur- 
roundings the mortality among the English troops 
in India is frightful. Over twenty-five per cent die 
annually from fever and other diseases and we are 
assured by competent authority that of who 
survive many return home with impaired health. 
These figures would apply with increased ratio to 
our forces in the Philippines. While the islands 
may be eventually of great advantage to the United 
States, from a commercial standpoint, the gain will 
be purchased at the expense of many precious lives. 

It now appears that even old Egypt is to share 
the advantages of modern inventions. It is pro- 
posed to generate a vast amount of electrical power 
at the Assouan Falls, transmit the same per wire 
through the cotton-growing districts, and use it as a 
motive power in several cotton factories to be erect- 
ed in the near future. Then, too, it willbe used to 
operate pumping machinery for irrigating large 
areas of desert along the Nile,— land which hitherto 
was of no agricultural value whatever, It is also 
proposed to employ electricity from the same 
source to light up the inner chambers and corridors 
of the Pyramids. With these developments in Low- 
er Egypt, and the establishment of the Sirdar's Col- 
lege in the Soudan, the future of the Khedive's 
realm looks bright indeed. As long as the people 
were left to themselves, no advancement was made, 
but with the advent of the energetic and progressive 
people ol Europe things have wonderfully changed, 
and the future may witness still greater triumphs 
for the land of the Pharaohs. 

It is generally supposed that when a traveler is 
once upon the high seas, there is comparatively lit- 
tle danger, but as a matter of fact the sea, like the 
land, abounds with traps for the unwary. In the 
very midst of the Atlantic there exLsts a sunken 
rock, whose top is only a very little distance below 
the surface of the ocean. It is known to sailors as 
" The Virgin," and as it is only a few miles north of 
the route taken by the large Atlantic steamers, the 
danger to a vessel, that happens to be out of its, is considerable. In calm weather the exact 
location of the fatal rock is easily discernible to the 
practiced eye of the sailor, but when the fury of the 
storm lashes the tiny waves into foamy billows, no 
sign of its presence may be detected until the ship 
is shattered to pieces. There are rocks in the sea 
of life that will prove destructive to the unwary, un- 
less they are sure to guide their little bark accord- 
ing to the direction of the Great Captain. ,We 
must keep in the right course, and as far away frOBi 
any danger as possible, if we would successfully 
complete the voyage that we make but once. 

THE c3-osi=Ei_i :m:essei^c3-e:r. 


—^■» ESSAYS ••-<-:— 


Most steadfast and sure, lo it sparkles and gleams 

In a wondrous foundation not fashioned by hands, 
Which, frescoed wilh narnet and jasper and pearl, 

'Neath the beautiful temple of God firmly stands. 
The builders rejected this Stone long ago. 

And cast it aside as an unworthy thing; 
Despising with contempt that gift of the Lord, 

Nor dreaming wliat weahh to mankind it should bring. 
More costly than rubies; more precious than gold; 

More dazzling than gem which nil earth ever shone; 
More pure ihan the coral on deep ocean strand,— 

Most priceless of all is this cliief Corner Stone! 
Its worth is too high for the grasp of man's mind; 



all I 

: for its cost. 

Oh. let not the value be Hghtly esteemed 

Which purchased the soids of the ruined and lost! 
Build on the Foundation which for ages hath stood. 

Build quickly! bide not, lest life's morning be flown! 
Thus clinging, look upward iind let your faith rest 
On the blest Rock, Chrisi Jesus, the Chief Corner Stone 
-Sut/if B. Noffsiinit-r in Tidal Wave- of Son i^. 



I AM often made to wonder whether this would 
not be a veiy suitable question for many of us to 
ask oui-selves. Wc ail out^Hit to be able to give an 
intelligent answer. In talkinc: with those who have 
assunu-d the title of a church'meniber, I find a wide 
ranf,'e of ideas respcctint,^ the true import of the 
church and church membership. But without nam- 
ing these different views let us get this idea as 
something to think about. 

Before Jesus came into the world to do the Fa- 
ther's will there was a man sent from God to make 
ready a people for him. The Lord's work could 
not go on withottt those men. Christ used those 
men according lo the will of the Father, and hence 
we have the church. Now in the organization 
which was effected by Jesus, when he was here, we 
have incorporated such rules, principles and ordi- 
nances as are necessary to fit men and women for 
the work which will be assigned them in the places 
which they shall f^ll in the next period of service to 
which they shall be called. Rev. 5: lO says; "And 
hast made us unto oiu' God kings anil priests: and 
we shall reign on the earth." And Rev. 20: 6 says: 
"They shall reign with Christ a thousand years." 
Here it is clearly shown that there will be another 
and a higher plane on which the truly faithful shall 
dwell and serve b)- and by. 

Now, am I a church member sinipl\- tliat J may 
enjoy that blessed place? No, I have been looking 
at what Jesus has done for me. and liow the Father 
has loved me. and I fell in love with them. I there- 
fore wished to serve them. I saw no place that I 
could do so outside of the church, and therefore I 
sought membership in her pales. And by a faithful 
life to God. by the use of all that he has set forth in 
the Bible for me. I declare my love for him and my 
faith in him. and he will save me. We ought to be 
church members and serve God faithfullv because 
we love him. Be like John says, "We 'love him, 
because he first loved us." Truly the goodness of 
God is enough to lead every one to repentance. 
Think what he has done for us. 2 Cor. 8: 9 says. 
" For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he be- 
came poor, that ye through his poverty might be 

But with all that has been done for poor, sinful 
man, we hear people saying that he is too exacting, 
he requires too much self-denial of us that we may 
become church members. Such persons are to be 
pitied, because, while they would love to belong to 
church, yet they cannot enjoy their fellowship with 
the church because they do not see the great sacri- 
fice which Jesus has made for them. Neither do 
they feel the love of God warming up their cold 

:s, and hence they c; 
for God and their sc 
ose who must have 

: from a bur 

ules and restraints 
from the church to keep them from indulging in 
the vanities and gewgaws which can only minister 
to the lusts of the eyes or to the pride of life, do 
not enjoy their fellowship with the church, because 
their idea of the Christ-life is too low. Yet they 
have a desire to be in the church, but how to let the 
world go is the perplexing question. Now, if they 
could only see that it is their greatest enemy that is 
trjing to cause them to cling to their former vani- 
ties, they woulcT surely say, "Get behind me, Sa- 
tan." Those whose minds and affections are divid- 
ed between the world and the church are very un- 
happy in their church fellowship, because they are 
not in full sympathy with the church and its Bible 
rules. And yet they would love to be in the church 
for salvation, but they also want to be with the 
world for fleshly pleasures. But the church can do 
such persons no good until they repent and give 
their hearts to God. 
Kcuka, Fla. 



The general custom of the church has been to 
elect its of^cers from among those who are the most 
capable and best qualified to hold positions of 
trust and service, believing at the time that the 
ones selected are the most capable of promoting 
the welfare of the church. In many churches all of 
the officers are elected indefinitely, or for life, un- 
less by some misdemeanor they render themselves 
incapable of holding the position. In many in- 
stances their plan works well, though in not a few 
places it is very unsatisfactory, and thereb)' the 
work of the church much hindered. Trustees, 
clerks, treasurers, etc., are not considered officers of 
the church in the same sense as deacons, ministers 
and elders. The former pertain to temporal affairs, 
while the latter pertain more particularly to spirit- 
ual things. 

Experience has taught that the former offices are 
best filled by election at stated intervals for definite 
lengths of time. In the latter offices, especially that 
of minister and elder, it requires a degree of prepa- 
ration and constant practice that, by the nature of 
the work, is best accomplished when one is set apart 
wholly for the work, to continue for life. For these 
positions there are qualiScations that not every 
member of the church can enjoy; but with the office 
of deacon it is different. By the nature and purpose 
of his office he has to deal with both temporal and 
spiritual things, one of his chief duties being to sup- 
ply the temporal wants of the needy. While it has 
been found by all societies that its temporal affairs 
will be best performed by changing the officers 
from time to time, it is likewise true that the office 
of the deacon will be best filled in a similar manner. 
The reasons for this are various and obvious. 

1. The office of deacon is such that every member 
in the church ought to be qualified to fill it, though it 
is true that tnanj' are not qualified. They are not 
qualified, not because they could not be or are not 
willing to be, but simply because of a lack of stim- 
ulus necessary to cause them to make the effort. 
The deacons are elected for life, and the vast major- 
ity of the church never expect to be permitted to 
serve the church in that capacity. In this way 
many who would become exemplary members and 
good workers are kept for a lifetime in the church 
without anything to do, and the result is they grow 
cold and indifferent. 

2. The office of deacon is not always well filled; 
mistakes are made in this as well as in other things, 
andofttimes the deacon becomes discouraged by his 
inadaptability to the work. He goes on for years, 
but there is no energy in him. He shows his dislike 
for the work by the half-hearted, lagging way in 
which he does it. This is seen by the church, but 
they must bear with it from year to year, for there is 
no way to relieve him of the work. It is a pity, for 
the cause suffers, that a corps of such officers must 
be retained by the church. 

3. The effect of such a corps of officers is weak- 
ening. The membership lose confidence, and lack 
of respect for the office is the result. Looseness in 
government, irregularity, partiality and general care- 
lessness characterize the whole chinch. Dissatisfac- 
tion, complaining, division of sentiment instead of 
unity of mind follow. The church is at sea, and no 
member is able to point out definitely the known 

The remedy. When the cause is known the rem- 
edy is more easily devised than applied. We 
should profit by the experience of others, and, when 
no principle of Scripture is violated, adopt such 
plans as are known to accomplish the thing for 
which they were intended. If our deacons were 
elected for a term of years, instead of for life, it 
would bring into service man}- active, capable breth- 
ren from time to time that would prove a power to 
the church for good. By this plan the church 
would a!wa3'S be enabled to have its very best men 
at the head and be relieved of the annoyance of 
those who are not capable. 

Great and irreparable injury has sometimes been 
done by the injudicious work of a deacon. He may 
not himself be cognizant of it; he goes on with his 
work. Prejudices arise against him; this eventually 
results in a bitterness that is never overcome while 
he remains in office, and the good offices of the 
church are thus made of none effect. It would be 
much better if the. office could be given to another 
at this time. Peace and harmony could be estab- 
lished and all the work of the church move right on. 
If the church has a good deacon it could easily re- 
elect him from time to time, while at the same time 
many others could be given ample training. The 
church would then never lack for officers, and that, 
too, of the very best material she has. 

Gle?iJord, Ohio. 



" Ye shall be my witnesses " is an expression fa- 
miliar to us all. You have read it over and over 
perhaps without being specially impressed. We 
must not deny Christ. We must- not feel ashamed 
of our colors. We must not fear to own his cause 
or blush to speak his name. But when we read for 
a fuller sense, which is without doubt intended, " Ye 
shall be martyrs to me," the thing takes hold of us. 

Perhaps you conceive that you are not called to be 
a martyr? Then let us turnover to that other Scrip- 
ture, and reverently read, " He that believeth on the 
Son of God hath the martyr in himself." It is not 
necessarily the laying down of one's life. It is not the 
great romantic actions. The martyr spirit in us, ah, 
the martyr in us, is the great manifestation that we 
believe on the Son. In the kitchen, in the field, or 
in the shop, martyring all the day long. " Where- 
fore seeing we are compassed about with so great a 
cloud of martyrs," let us not linger at home when 
we ought to be out at work; let us not be running 
around when we ought to be at home; let us not be 
asleep when we ought to be at work; let us be hum- 
ble and bold, kind but firm, rigidly economical, yet 
abounding in charitable gifts. The witnesses. The 
martyrs. So many incentives to a nobler, fuller life 
of righteousness. We wait not the call of duty. 
All we ask is a hint as to our privileges. That's 
enough. The martyr spirit needs not to be driven. 
It volunteers for the front, it seeks the thickest of 
the battle, it is alert during calm and brave in the 
storm, it bares the breast to the enemy and never 
turns the back; repose in God and confidence in ho- 
liness, the final day of this life is a triumphal entry 
into the city of the Great King. 

In the early centuries of the Christian religion 
there grew a very extraordinary martyr spirit. Hun- 
dreds feared martyrdom not a bit, nay rather pre- 
ferred the death of a martyr, even sought that it 
might be accomplished in them! Perhaps this in- 
clination owes its origin at least in part to the fre- 
quent recurrence of that one word martures in the 
Greek Scriptures. Was such a desire /^natural? 
Yes, thoroughly so, for all who are lovers of ease and 

Jan. 21, 



who are led by the desires and lusts of the flesh. 
But for mart)'r-witnesses who know only Christ and 
hini crucified, who are dead to the world, and sepa- 
rate from it, and are led by the Spirit, for such it is 
just the thing to be expected. It is a matter of 
deep regret that this present material age can show 
so little of the same spirit, the spirit of jc//-sacrifice. 
What spirit was it in Paul and Silas that enabled, 
them to sing within the hard prison walls, and made 
them rejoice that they were counted worthy to. suf- 
fer shame for his name's sake when beaten with 
many stripes? It was the martyr spirit. 

What spirit was it that led Polycarp to refuse 
calmly to swear by the genius of Cassar. whereby his 
life would have been spared, and in the presence of 
the proconsul, the stake and the fagots to confess 
freely, " Eighty and six years have I served him, 
and he never did me wrong; and how can I now 
blaspheme my king that has saved me? " It was 
the martyr spirit. 

What was it that led St. Bernard to go into the 
Valley of Wormwood, apart for constant meditation 
and praj'er, that he might be a better example to 
those whom he taught? 'Twas the martyr spirit. 

What was it that inspired Luther and Zwingli 
and Huss and Knox and Jerome and Cranmer and 
Latimer and Ridley and Mack and Menno and a 
whole galaxy of others to prefer to take their lives 
in their hands rather than to see a principle at stake, 
some of them sealing their confession with their 
blood. That was the martyr spirit. 

What was it that led Judson to keep on preaching 
against all odds in Burmah; that led Robert Moffat 
to bare his breast to the Hottentots and tell them to 
thrust their spears in if they wished to kill him; that 
led David Livingstone, after many years of exhaust- 
ing toil among savage men and savage beasts in Af- 
rica to spend his last moments in a lonely hut on 
his knees, praying for the poor, down-trodden na- 
tives; that led the poor Christians of Madagascar, 
in the beginning of this centur}', to choose to be 
thrown to death over a precipitous cliff rather than 
' sny they had no faith in Christ; that led Neesima of 
Japan to say. " We must advance upon our knees; " 
that led Henry Clay to say, " Rather be right than 
president; " that led the Armenians by thousands 
rather to die as Christians than to live as Turks; 
that led the old mother of the two missionary ladies 
who were massacred in China a few years ago to re- 
mark, '■ Let us praise God that my children shall 
wear the martyr's crown; " this, I say, was the spirit 
of self-denial, self-sacrifice, the martyr spirit. Is 
not such the spirit of our Lord Christ? 

There hangs a little picture in our room.. Not 
long ago two men were wrecked off the east coast 
of England. They were on a lonely rock in the 
midst of a furious sea. A rope was thrown from 
the shore. The Christian caught it. He handed it 
at once to the other and said. " Take it. I am ready 
to die. You are not." The next big wave washed 
him off to eternity, but the sinner was saved. 
Blessed martyr spiritl 

How the martyr spirit must have got hold of 
Francis Xavier in those long-ago days to send him 
as a missionary to far-away India and farther dis- 
tant China, thirsting for souls! Poor dupes of now- 
a-days worship his bones. 

How that same spirit took possession of another 
Catholic priest, Father Damien, more recently and 
led him to give up a good home and well paying 
pastorate to become a voluntary exile to the leper 
island of Molokai, He became a leper that he 
might reach the lepers! 

How the blood of their martyrs has been seed to 
the Moravian church! It is said there are more 
converts from heathenism than there are members 
of the home church among these active people! 

There still is need for martyrs and apostles. The 
book of the Acts of the Apostles is not yet cl 


ma)' you 

jet into the book befon 

the last page is written! Do you lack opportunity? 
Some good people make opportunities, but for the 
present let us leave that with the Lord. Have you 
the martyr spirit within you? If not, get it. There 
is no use talk'ing about opportunity even, if you 
have not the martyr spirit. I repeat, if you have 

not the martyr spirit within you, gtt it/ The clock 
may be striking the hour for you. Time merges in- 
to eternity. Lost time swells the lost eternity. 
Make llaste. Get iff 

Don't think the martyr spirit is most manifest in 
those who go far away from home. The most self- 
ish may go to the ends of the earth. What pre- 
vailed oh the mother of Chrysostom that though 
early a widow she refused to marry again in order to 
devote all her time to bringing up her boy in the 
Lord? How was it with the mother of St. Bernard 
whose exceeding devotion and piety gained for her 
the reputation of a living saint? How about Lin- 
coln's step-mother or the mother of Garfield? How 
about the mother of six or eight children, boys all 
preachers, and girls preachers' wives? How about 
the woman who does not separate from an ungodly 
husband because of the attendant disgrace to her 
profession of faith, and who lives on with him in 
sorrow, still hoping for his conversion? How about 
the woman who does her own housework that she 
may add a weekly dollar to her world-wide mission 
fund? How about the hired man who gives more 
than his employer? How .about the man of means 
who makes a will to dispose of all he cannot take 
with him when he has to go — nay. rather how about 
that brother or sister who gives liberally, and lives 
on to give more? How about him who does all 
things to the glory of God. and that with all his 
might? Surely, these breathe the martyr spirit. 

God pity the girl whose mother is selfish! God 
pity tlie boy whose parents have not the mart)'r in 
them! Such had better grow up orphans in the 
kind care of strangers. 

In a thousand ways can we inbreathe the martyr 
spirit into the next generation. Dub your horses 
Cyrus or C^sar or.Alexander or Napoleon or Grant 
or Dewey, but name the boys and girls Paul. Ste- 
phen. John. Lydia, Rhoda, James, Moses, Samuel. 
David. Ruth. Esther. Mary, Daniel, Cyril, Ambrose; 
or Luther, Knox, Judson, Moffat, Williams, Carey, 
Morrison. Scores to choose from. Pile the table 
full of the literature of missions. Above all let par- 
ents have so much of the martyr in themselves that 
it can not be hid one hour. 

It might be that some churchgoers would go the 
other way, but I wish I could write MARTURE3 over 
every church door. I wish we could every one of 
us have written on the door of our hearts, " A m£ 
tyr lives here." Would that we should do mo 
martyring! This is the spirit of Jesus. Except i 
have his spirit we are none of his. Think of 
church all workers! Think of a church all witne; 
es! Think of a church all martyrs! Such an idea 
almost heaven. Yet this is heaven's design that the 
kingdom begin here on earth, and that we be in the 
kingdom, witnesses and martyrs to him. 
Biilsar, India. 



No. 2.— As a Writer. 

Not as a speaker, but as a writer, has Behmen in- 
fluenced the world. Nowhere do we find indica- 
tions that the Aaronic gift was his; and if it had 
been, there is little likelihood that room could have 
been found in the pulpits of the day for such as he. 
We wish to glance, at this time, at the sources of 
his information, the method, style and effect of his 
writing, concluding with an enumeration of the 
products of his pen. 

Whence the knowledge he put on paper? His 
knowledge was chiefly intuitive, subjective, but, like 
other human beings, he yet learned from his fellow- 
men. From some source he had imbibed the teach- 
ings of the ancient philosophers, for he repeatedly 
mentions the " four elements,"— fire, air, water and 
earth. That he had no knowledge of chemistry as 
now understood goes, of course, without saying. 
Yet he was filled with the ideas of the chemists of 
his day. His first work, "Aurora," awakened the 
attention of many learned men, especially the 
chemists, who, in consequence, sought him out. In 
his conversations with them he. doubtless, got his 
then chemical ideas. He has not a little to say 

about sulphur, salt, saltpetre, etc. To all these - 
hemicals he gave spiritual significations. His phi- 
losophy really forced him to this position— making 
he outward world the expression of the inner, spir- 
tual world. Who is ready to say that each element 
does not point back to some spiritual quality? The 
writings of the rather erratic traveler, physician and 
chemist, Paracelsus, seem to have influenced him 
not a little. The ideas of this man mixed with his 
own are said to have made many of the " curious re- 
sults " found in his works. The meaning of the 
Greek and Latin terms liberally sprinkled through 
his writings was learned from these scholarly asso- 

Astrology ^furnished him with many notions. 
Read the following and be convinced. When man 
fell he became a "beast of all beasts; whereupon 
there are now so many and various properties in 
man; as one is a fox, wolf, bear, lion, dog, bull, cat, 
horse, cock, toad, serpent; and in brief as many and 
iwn'oM properties as there are in the earthly man; 
... all according to the predominant stars which 
make such "property in the .seed." He speaks in 
one place of Canaan being the City of God. The 
thought arises. Did he read Augustine's " City of 
God"? Augustine's warmth would have been very 
congenial to Behmen. 

The source, however, which furnished him his 
controlling ideas was the Bible. He did not forget 
the admonition of the man who brought conviction 
to his heart. 'Tis true he sought for the kernel of 
Scripture, caring little for the shell; but the Word 
directed and corrected his life, and he led scholas- 
tics back to the study of it. From the narration 
that follows, you may think he fell into the Spirit- 
led error. We think he did not, though history 
shows that many ill-balanced characters who read 
his writings did. The Bible, then, was the great ob- 
jective fountain from which Behmen drank. 

Many of his products, some will say, were the 
work of his imagination. True; yet we are inclined 
to think that considerable of his knowledge came 
from what we shall call his. capacity for revelation, 
which capacity was actually used by the God of 
truth. At any rate such was the claim of Behmen 
himself. In his twenty-fifth year he went forth into 
a field near Gorlitz, sat down, and contemplated the 
grasses and herbs about him. There was then 
given him an insight into their "essences, use and 
properties, which were discovered to him by their 
lineaments, figures and signatures." A like view 
was given him of the whole creation. From these 
revelations he after^ward wrote his book, " Z)c Signti- 
tura Rcntm" (On the Signification of Things). 

Let him tell us himself how he wrote: " I can 
write nothing of myself, but as a child which nei- 
ther knoweth nor understandeth anything, which 
neither hath ever been learnt, but only that which 
the Lord vouchsafeth to know in me, according to 
the measure as himself manifest in me. For I 
never desired to know anything of the Divine Mys- 
tery, much less understood I the way to seek and 
find it, as is the condition of poor laymen in their 

"I sought only after the heart of Jesus Christ, 
that I might hide myself therein, from the wrathful 
anger of God and the violent assaults of the devil. 
And I besought the Lord earnestly for his Holy 
Spirit and his grace, that he would please to bless 
and guide me in him, and take that away from me 
which did turn me from him. And I resigned my- 
self wholly to him, that I might not live to my own 
will, but his, and that he only might lead and direct 
me, to the end I might be his child in his Son Jesus. 

" In this ray earnest and Christian seeking and 
desire . . . the gate was opened to i 
quarter of an hour I saw and knew 
had been many years together at ar 
which I did exceedingly adn 
turned my praise to God for it. 

" For I saw and knew the Being of all beings, the 
Byss and the Abyss, and the eternal generation of 
the Holy Trinity, the descent and original of the 
world, and of all creatures, through the Divine Wis- 
dom. ... I could very hardly apprehend the same • 
in my external man, and express it with the pen. 

, that i 

an university, at 
and thereupon 



. . . Yet it opened itself in me from time to time, 
as in a young plant. Albeit the same was with me 
for the space of twelve years, and it was, as it were, 
breeding; and I found a powerful instigation within 
me, before I could bring it forth into external form 
of writing; and whatever I could apprehend with 
the external principle of mind, that same I wrote 

" But however afterward the sun did shine on me 
a good while, but not constantly, for the sun did 
hide itself; and then I knew not nor well under- 
stood mj- own labor. So that man must acknowl- 
edge that his knowledge is not his own, but from 
God, who manifests the ideas of wisdom to the soul 
of man, in what manner he pleaseth." 

So much for the sources of Behmen's inform.v 
tion— ancient philosophy, alchemy, astrology, the 
Hible and self-revelation. Considerable chaff with 
a number one wheat! We ask you not to eat the 
chaff, but to excuse its presence, for without the 
chaff the wheat could not have been produced. 

Let us look at our author's style for a moment. 
Me is vivacious, tender, playful, quainf, sarcastic, 
humorous almost without knowing it, beautiful, sub- 
lime, abounding in warmth and color— a very agree- 
able companion when he is truly himself. Hut his 
mysticism, coupled with the nonsense imbibed from 
"science falsely so called," becomes almost a mill- 
stone about Ihe neck- of the innocent child. At 
times he breaks forth with great clearness, beauty 
and power, holding the attention spell-bound, flood- 
ing the soul with the warmth of heaven. Then 
anon he lapses into mystical vagueness and dryness. 
When you are ready to throw down the book in dis- 
gust he comes to life again and spreads before you 
a feast of the like of which a Roman emperor never 

He had no love for reason, the fort of Descartes. 
Notice the delicious sarcasm in the following pei-- 
sonification; " Foi'sooth, dear Reason, here thou 
hast hit the matter right; God's omnipotence and 
omniscience must serve thy turn." Again, " For- 
sooth, dear Reason, whence art thou born? " Some 
of his expressions are rich. We may enjoy them if 
we are not too cultured, or too stiff in our religion. 
" I need not such calves (the philosophers so 
called) to the understanding of my writings." 
" Steppeth into the infant's shirt." for he becometh 
a child again. " This serpent's seed in man is the 
devil's riding-horse." " The curse of God hath cast 
the defiled child into the dirt, that it might pray for 
a laver." What more lovely than: . . . "Christ 
embraceth the poor soul in his llrms, and encom- 
passeth it with the power of God, and infuseth 
and floweth in with his love, into it, which love 
preserveth and defendeth it from the anger of 
God, from sin. death, the devil, and hell"? What 
more beautiful than: " For when God Cometh, then 
he Cometh no otherwise than as . . . the sunshine 
into the fruit"? More sublime than: "I saw how 
the fruitful womb of eternity brought forth"? 
These expressions are valuable for more than pure- 
ly literary reasons. The how is as important as the 
what. And it is our humble conviction that Heh- 
men coined phrases tor tlic I'ietists as did Luther 
for the Protestants. 

The following is Jung Stilling's criticism on Beh- 
men's writings: "His exuberant imagery, and with- 
al its simplicity, his elevated diction, the striking 
nature of the subjects on which he tr-eats, together 
with his subtle gnosis, which, notwithstanding his 
frequent homely but sparkling expressions and 
phrases, produce impressions on the common mind, 
when under the glow of an excited imagination, or 
quickened by the strong impulse of spiritual perfec- 
tion, that expose him to the immediate danger of 
becoming a wild dclusionist, provided he is unwill- 
ing to retrace his steps back to the plain path of 
pure Christianity." In this connection it might be 
stated that antinomianism followed in the tracks 
of the teachings of the apostle Paul. The fault was 
not with the writer, but with the reader. At heart 
Behmen was not a delusionist, though he leaned 
strongly toward the emotional. Gottfried Arnold, 
when in the outer circle of his influence, wrote his 

".Sophia." Finally he thought his way through the 
mists to the heart of Behmenism, he then returned 
to a natural life. Behmen's life proclaims that he 
was no delusionist, but a sober-minded man. 

In order that the reader may know the nature 
and extent of Behmen's writings, we herewith copy 
a list of them in the order produced: 

(l) "Aurora, the Rising of the Sun," 1612; {2) 
"Of the Three Principles," 1619; (3 ) "The Three- 
fold Life of Man," 1620; (4) "An Answer to the 
Forty Questions of the Soul, Propounded bj- Doc- 
tor Balthasar Walter; " (5) Three Books (a) "The 
Incarnation of Jesus Christ;" {b) "Suffering, Death 
and Resurrection of Christ; " (f) " Tree of Faith; " 
(6) " Book of Six Poiirts; " (7) "The Heavenly and 
Earthly Mysterium; " (8) " Book of the Last Times 
toP. K.;"{9) " De Signatur-a Rerum," 1621; (10) 
"A Consolntoi-y Book of the Four Complexions;" 

(11) "An Apology to Salthasar Tilken" in two parts; 

(12) "A Consideration upon Esaias Steefel's Book;" 

(13) "A Book of True Repentance," 1622; (14) 
"True Resignation;" (15) "Regeneration;" (16) 
"Predestination and Election of God," 1623; (17) 
"A Short Compendium of , Repentance; " (18) "The 
Mysterium Magnum upon Genesis; " (19) "A Table 
of the Principles," or a key of his writings, 1624; 
(20) "A Booklet of the Supersensual Life;" (21) 
*"A Booklet of Divine Contemplation;" (22) "The 
Two Testaments of Christ, viz.. Baptism and the 
Supper of the Lord;" (23) "A Dialogue between 
the Enlightened and Unenlightened Soul;" (24) 
"An Apology upon the Book of True Repentance," 
directed against a pasquil of the principal minister 
of Gorlitz, called Gregory Richter; (25) ""A Book 
of 177 Theological Questions;" (26) "An Epitome 
of Mysterium Magnum;" (27) »" Holy Weeks, or 
the Prayer Book;" (28) "A Table of the Divine 
Manifestations, or an Exposition of the Threefold 
World;" (29) "The Errors of the Sects of Ezekiel 
Meths, or An Apology to Esaias Steefel;" (30) 
"The Last Judgment;" (31) "Certain Letters to 
Divers Persons," written at divers times, with certain 
keys, for some hidden words. 

Those marked * were unfinished. All of these 
works should be secured for the Brethren's His- 
torical Association. Those helping to secure them 
will confer a favor. They were originally, of course, 
written in German; man)', if not all, have been 
translated into English. 

We hope next to consider Behmen as a reformer. 
Then we shall endeavor to substantiate our claim 
that he was the father of Pietism, the movement 

It of which the Brethren church was born. 

Oaks, Pn. 



YotjR heart-rending letter is here. When a man 
must steal time and opportunity to write a letter 
lest his companion turn the house into an aceldama, 
the word of God becomes unspeakabl)- precious. 
We do not learn the meaning and value of Luke 24: 
45 until all human wisdom and help fails. The 
more 1 read the Bible, the more precious it be- 
comes. And the more 1 become acquainted with 
its Author, the more do I love and reverence and 
adore him. Verily it is sweeter to my soul than 
honey to my mouth. Psa. 119: 103. 

The great " nil " in Matt. 1 1 : 28 includes you. 
Yea, it means you as specifically as if it meant no 
one else. We must learn to individualize in deal- 
ing with God. Faith takes hold of " the exceed- 
ing great and precious promises " and says. This 
means me. The peace and rest of God are not 
found until this is done. In your deepest despond- 
ency and under your most harrowing persecutions 
you can turn to Heb. 4: 15, 16, with the blessed as- 
surance that your great High Priest has lost none of 
his sympathy and efficiency. There he sits at the 
right of God in all the calmness and majesty of Om- 
nipotence, and in all the tenderness and sweetness 
und faithfulness of Everlasting Love. All for you. 
Believe it, and " rejoice with joy unspeakable and 
full of glory." I Pet. 1:8. An indifferent or im- 

potent Redeemer is a palpable self-contradiction. 
He loves to the end. John 13: I. Love is the es- 
sence of his being! I John 4: 16. He is " the same 
yesterday, and to-day, and forever." Heb. 13: 8. 
" He loved me, and gave himself for me^ Gal. 2: 20. 
"This God is our God for ever and ever; he will be 
our guide even unto death." Psa. 48: 14. " The 
very hairs of your head are all -numbered." Matt. 
10: 30. Mark, youy head; all. No oversight with 
our omniscient, loving Redeemer. " Casting all 
your cares upon \i\m, for he careth for you." I Pet. 5: 

7. What can God do more? 

Two of the most troubled souls in the Sacred Rec- 
ord are Job and Jeremiah. What have they to say of 
the Divine Faithfulness? The former has this testi- 
mony: " 7/c XvwzufC/; the way that I take; when he 
hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 
23: 10. The latter gives us this glorious universal 
precept: " It k good \.\\jA a man should both hope aud 
<7mV//|' lew// for the salvation of- the Lord." Lam. 3: 
26. All this and much more is referred to when 
the apostle says, " Whatsoever things were written 
aforetime were written for our learning, that we 
throagh patience And comfort df the Scriptures might 
have hope." Rom. 15:4. 

Faith holds the intense conviction that GOD rules 
this world, and that he rules it in righteousness and 
love. The Psalmist's determination is still the sup- 
port and joy of all who in their deepest sorrows and 
mysterious perplexities " look unto Jesus the author 
and finisher of our faith: " " My soul, wait thou only 
upon God: for my expectation is from him." Psa. 
62: 5. " From the end of the earth will I ciy unto 
thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the 
Rock that is higher than I." Psa. 61 : 2. Are these 
mere platitudes, or are they the real, honest utter- 
ances of Jehovah Jesus through those whom he 
made the media of his revelation? " These are the 
true sayings of God." Rev. 19: g: "The words of 
the Lord Zir^ pure words; as silver tried in a furnace 
of earth, purified seven times." Psa. 12: 6. Read, 
reread, and do not stop at the hundredth time such 
amazing declarations as Rom. 8: 32-39, and 15: 13, 
and 1 Cor. 10: 13; Gal. 2: 20, and 6: 14, and Eph. I : 
17 to 20, and 3: l6 to 19, and Philpp. 3: 8, 9, 10, and 
4: 6, 7, 13, 19, and Col. 1: 9, 10, II, and 2: 9, 10, and 
I Thess. 5: 23, 24, and 2 Thess. l: 11, 12, and 2: l5, 
17, and 3: 16. O there is no end to the riches of the 
Divine Treasury, and it is all yours, and mine, every 
day, evei-y hour, moment by moment. 

When Psalm 10: I comes to your mind, then turn 
to 2 Cor. 3:1s, and 4: 6, and I Pet. 1 : 6, 7, for God's 
own answer. Do not lose sight of the double " bold- 
ly " in Heb. 4: 16 and 13: 6. The daring of faith is 
the marvel of the universe. The omnipotence of 
God is in it. Matt. 19: 26 and Mark 9: 23. " Only 
helicve." But this means Matt. 5: 48. Perfect con- 
secration and perfect faith are inseparable. The 
faith that counts is the faith that costs. When you 
get into the Psalmist's straits, gird yourself with the 
Psalmist's hope. See Psa. 42: 11 and 43: 5. 

This is Christmas day, and I have given my soul 
to Christmas thoughts. It is Christ that makes 
Christmas all the year round. The faith-heart is al- 
ways full of 2 Cor. 9: 15 and I Cor. 15: 57. Were it 
not for this, my loneliness and sufferings would be 
insupportable. There is no incense that rises more 
constantly out of my heart before the mercy seat 
than Psa. 42: I, 2 and Col. I : n. « 

May you have a blessed Christmas, — " Christ in 
you the hope OF GLORY." Col. 1: 27. Yet a little 
while, and then, — Rev. 22: 6. 

Union Deposit, Pa. 


BY j. y. HECKLER. 

Some time ago there was an inquirer wanting to 
know about the Council of Nice and what was done 
thei-e. The inquirer and othei-s who would like to 
know may have read of the Arian controversy 
which agitated the chui-ch at that time. It was not 
a question in regard to what they must do to be 
saved, but a question which should have been held 
only as a private opinion. The point at issue, 

Jan. 21, 1899. 

which Alius advocated, was, that if the Son was be- 
gotten of the Father, he must have had a beginning, 
and there must have been a time when he was not, 
and therefore could not ha\e been co-eternal with 
the Father. 

The Controversy commenced between Alexander, 
bishop of Alexandria, and Arius, one of his pres- 
byters; but it did not remain with them, for it 
caused great disturbance in the church in general. 
It spread to other places and caused much conten- 
tion among the clergy. There was another cause 
also for convening a great council at that time. 
Soon after the apostles the time for Easter began to 
be observed irregularly and the proper time was 
held in dispute, which also proved very unsatis- 
factory to the church. 

For the settlement of these two disputes the Em- 
peror Constantine convened the Council of Nice in 
A. D. 325, The settlement of the Arian contro- 
versy gave reasons for formulating what is known 
as the Nicene Creed. Th« bishops from many 
countries were assembled and heard Arius make his 
defense, and the irrelevant language that he made 
use of. They were very careful in their delibera- 
tions to have the trouble settled peaceably, and 
did all they could to get Arius and his follow- 
ers to see their error. After a long session they 
succeeded in getting nearly all the church officials 
to sign the said Creed. But Arius and a few others 
refused to sign the Creed and were excommunicat- 
ed, and their doctrine was condemned. But this 
did not stop Arianism, for Arius began to work vig- 
orously against the church and to spread his heresy 
far and wide. Arianism, therefore, did not die out 

In regard to the ihtte of Easter it was settled to 
be observed by the Christian church, as has been 
done ever since, on the first Sunday that comes 
after the first full moon that comes after the vernal 

There were also a number of other questions of 
less importance considered and settled by that 
council. Some of those were in regard to the ordi- 
nation and duties of bishops. 

We sometimes hear the council of Nice reproach- 
fully spoken of by people who either lack charity 
or do not know much about it. Probably this is be- 
cause the Emperor Constantine convened the coun- 
cil and put himself at the head of it. His whole 
heart was certainly in the matter, for he had forbid- 
den the worship of idols, had protected the Chris- 
tians from persecution and wanted the Christians to 
settle their disputes in a peaceable manner. His 
anxiety to have the followers of the Prince of Peace 
to be at peace among themselves is certainly com- 

We will yet append a copy of the 

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty; Maker of all 
things, visible and invisible; and in ont Lord Jesus Christ, the 
Son of God, the only begotten of the Father, that Is, of the 
substance of the Father; God of God, Light of light, true God 
of true God; begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Fa- 
ther, by whom all things were made, both in heaven and earth; 
who for us men, and for our salvation, descended, was incar- 
nate, and was made man, and suffered, and rose again the 
third day; he ascended into heaven, and shall come to judge 
the living and the dead: And in the Holy Spirit. But the holy 
catholic and apostolic Church of God anathematines those 
who affirm that there was a time when the Son was not, or that 
he was not before he was begotten, or that he was made of 
things not existing; or who say, that the Son of God was of any 
other substance or essence, or created, or liable to change or 

Hatfield, Pa. 



Solomon recommends friendship. In order to 
have this noble trait we must show ourselves friend- 
ly, must have a friendly disposition, have love for 
our fellow men. One must be free to them, pleas- 
ing to them, visiting them, and making them feel 

THE oosipexj 3yi:ESSEi>ra-E:Et. 

welcome. Christ is a friend that sticketh closer 
than a brother. True friendship is from above; its 
origin is divine; its operations are of a heavenly 
character, and its results seem to enrapture the soul. 
Christ smiles on his children, his countenance 
beams with smiles, his face is lovely and true. 

Caution may be considered the parent of safety; 
hence we should be careful with whom we make 
friendship. " The heart is deceitful above all things; 
who can knoii) it.^" In this world we may be de- 
ceived, but that good Brother, who sticketh so 
close, will never deceive any one. In this world we 
may^be baffled by a Judas kiss. We should be ex- 
tremely careful in whom we confide. Often some 
are deceived because of so much deception. 

True friendship is a flower that blossoms in all 
seasons. It may be seen on the high mountains of 
northern Russia, as well as in the sunny climes of 
Italy. It can be found in the frozen Klondike of 
North America as well as in the beautiful land of 
Cuba. Friendship will grow wherever the dew of 
kindness gently falls. 

Friendship has a twin sister who loves to step 
side by side with her; she reaches unto heaven, she 
stands at the top of the ladder that Jacob saw. 
Peter finished the monument he built in his second 
epistle, first chapter, close of second verse, with this 
sister; her name is charity. 

No one can be happy witiiout a friend; no one 
knows the value of a friend until he has all his 
friends to turn against him as did Job's comforters. 
Our heavenly Friend smiles upon us when we come 
near him. " Nearer my God to thee." His is a 
friendship that has religion in it, and it will bloom 
like the rose of Sharon. 

Goshen, Ind. 


[The following article, which appeared in the Philadelphia 
Inquirer, will be of interest to our readers.— Ed.] 

The first Dunker church in America, the Brethren 
church, on Main street, above Sharpnack, German- 
town, was yesterday afternoon the scene of ceremo- 
nies which recalled some of the most wonderful 
history of this State and country. Charles G. Sow- 
er presented to the church a memorial tablet in 
memory of Christopher Sower, father and son, the 
latter of whom was long a minister and bishop of 
that church. 

The speaker is the present head of the famous 
Sower Publishing House, the oldest publishing 
house in the United States. The name was origi- 
nally Sauer. The grandfather of the grandfather of 
the speaker started the business in 1738. His de- 
scendants came into the business as follows: Chris- 
topher Sower 2nd (the bishop), in 1758; David Sow- 
er, Sr., in 1799; David Sower Jr., 1816; Charles G. 
Sower. 1842. The house became Sower, Barnes & 
Co, in 1847. then Sower. Barnes & Potts, then Sow- 
er, Potts & Co., then Christopher Sower Company 
in 1888. 

Mr. Sower's address showed how the art of print- 
ing from types at the beginning of the Reformation 
caused a reexamination of the Holy Scriptures and 
" a discussion of its teachings by independent think- 
ers," who attached more or less importance to cer- 
tain passages and thus started different religious 
sects. Then persecutions set in to enforce uniform- 
ity; Penn got the grant of the province of Pennsyl- 
vania and the peace-loving and non-resisting sects of 
Germany, previously in sympathy with the Friends 
in England, gladly availed themselves of the invita- 
tion to escape persecution by coming to Pennsyl- 


Among those German religious reformers was 
Alexander Mack and his associates. With them 
came Christopher Sower the first. Sower or Sauer, 
though not a member of the church was a sympa- 
thizer, but his son, Christopher, at the age of 16 
united with the church of the Brethren, called Dunk- 
ers by way of ridicule, and commonly miscalled 

Christopher Sower the first was born in Laasphe, 
a small town in Germany near Witgenstein and Mar- 
burg, in 1693, and came to Pennsylvania in 1724. 

He had gone to the University at Marburg and after- 
ward spent five years in a medical dispensary at 
Halle. His son Christopher second was born in the 
same little town, Laasphe, and was three years of 
age when his father brought him to Pennsylvania. 

On landing in Philadelphia he went to Ephrata, 
where his friend, Conrad Beissel, the eloquent 
preacher and accomplished musician, had settled 
and become the leader of the Seventh Day Bap- 
tists, now known as Dunkers or Amish. After six 
years he moved to Germantown and purchased a 
tract of ground on the northeast side of the main 
avenue, opposite School street. There he erected 
a mansion which, by moving the partitions, would 
answer on Sundays for a place of worship, and if 
need be, for a hospital. A ship about this time 
brought more Germans over and the sick on board 
were taken to his house and treated till they could 
earn their own living. 

Although educated in medicine only, he undertook 
other business that seemed most useful. Old 
friends in Halle sent him a small printing outfit' in 
1738. He was not a printer by trade, but he com- 
menced printing and in the next year turned out an 
almanac, a volume of hymns by his friend, Conrad 
Beissel, and also news, in " broadsides," then in pe- 
riodical form, monthly, and at last weekly, until his 
paper had a circulation of 4,000. 

In 1740 he set to work and in three years com- 
pleted the great German quarto Bible. Me had 
type for only four forms at a time and after print- 
ing these four pages for the whole edition the type 
had to be distributed and reset for the next four 
pages. So he contrived moulds and commenced 
casting his own type. He also made paper, com- 
pounded his own ink and bound his books. Alto- 
gether he published 200 works, mainly of a religious 
character. Open fireplaces were so wasteful that he 
invented portable six-plate stoves, even before 
Franklin's iron fireplaces. He also made grand- 
fathers' clocks. He died in 1758, but his burial 
place is unknown. Probably, according to a cus- 
tom of the time, he was buried on his own land. On 
his death his son Christopher second succeeded to 
his many kinds of business and was long a minister 
and bishop on the spot where the tablet was yester- 
day erec'ed in their honor. 


Bishop Sower condemned the Revolution on 
peace principles from his pulpit and in his publica- 
tions. His son had established the printing busi- 
ness in Philadelphia and, having formed the ac- 
quaintance of British officers during Howe's occu- 
pation, was appointed " King's printer." This led 
to the seizure of Sower for treason. On the night 
of May 23, 1778, he was marched, to Valley Forge at 
the point of the bayonet; his beard and long hair, 
which he wore according to their religious custom, 
were cut off; his face was smeared with paint, and, 
nearly naked, he was taken to headquarters. 
Through the intercession of General Muhlenberg, 
he was released on condition that he would not re- 
turn to Germantown for a month. In the mean- 
while, the edict commanding an oath of allegiance 
to be taken before a magistrate had been issued, and 
as he had not appeared all his property in German- 
town had been confiscated. On the Dunker's prin- 
ciples, he refused to make any appeal to the law to 
get back his property. When the British troops oc- 
cupied Germantown they were in his church and 
scattered his Bible folios in all directions. 

The tablet presented in his memory yesterday 
was accepted in an address by the pastor, Bro. G. 
N. Falkenstein. An address on "The Life and 
Work of Christopher Sower " was also delivered by 
Dr. M. G. Brumbaugh, of the University of Penn- 
sylvania. , 

" It is encouraging to note that Christians are 
again discovering that the service of Christ is actual 
campaigning against great world powers; that it is 
not a holiday, a picnic, or election to honorable and 
lucrative office. Amid the snows of winter and the 
heat of summer we are to march against the com- 
mon enemy." 


Jan. 21, 1899. 


BY 0. R. MYERS. 

Those of us who believe in the Word of God as 
children, do so largely because our parents do. 
And this in itself is good. Hut when we grow older 
and doubts arise in our minds as to its authenticity, 
we are put to the test of measuring this Hook as 
others are measured; that is, according to its ability 
to stand criticism. This the Word has done. Its 
textual authenticity is confirmed by more than one 
hundred and seventy Hebrew and one hundred and 
sixty Greek te.\ts,— a much larger number than is 
required to establish the text of a classic. 

Those who claim for the Book human authorship 
must admrt that one of two classes of persons wrote 
it,— either good or bad men. If they say bad men, 
can We believe that such persons would write a 
Book condemning themselves, a Hook which from 
beginning to end rebukes thief, murderer, liar and 
every sort of unrighteous person and his deeds? 
Or if it be the product of good men, does it seem 
reasonable that such persons should write a Book 
purporting God to be its author and themselves 
iTlere agents, thereby acting deceitfully, — a practice 
which the Hook .strongly condemns? 

Moreover, if a man writes a book and understands 
it himself, if the book be intelligible, other men can 
understand it also. If you have equal brain power 



deep into truth as the autho 

of a 

book himself and are equal with him in knowing 
the subject. But who ever has understood or fully 
comprehends now the Word of God? We know a 
great deal more about it than did the people of the 
first centuries after it was written. And a hundred 
years from now discoveries will be made about it of 
which we never dreamed. Volumes will have been 
written five hundred years hence throwing light 
upon places in it totally obscure to us at the pres- 
ent time. This is true because the authors of these 
volumes will have the advantage over us of five 
centuries of accumulated thought upon the Book. 
And yet men will never be able to comprehend it 
full)*, for there is in it a part of the infinitude of 
God himself. Its depths are beyond the possibility 
of man's finding out. The same is true of all God's 
creation, and its being true of the Bible only assists 
in proving its authenticity. 

Shall we reject this divine message because we 
cannot comprehend it all? I close my hand and 
you ask me how I do it. " Certain little cords in 
my wrist draw the fingers in," is my reply. " What 
tells these cords to act thus?" "A peculiar kind of 
telephone transmits a message to them from the 
brain," I answer. "And what is the brain?" "I 
don't know." Not to know what the brain is, is not 
to understand how I close mj' hand. Three simple 
questions and I am forced to the wall. 

Out there on the same soil grow two fiowers, the 
one scarlet, the other white; both are warmed by 
the same sun, moistened by the same rains, sprin- 
kled by the same dew. Each emits the same kind 
of fragrance. Why is one white and the other red? 
I don't know. If I will not accept the Word of 
God because I caimot coinprehend'it all, why not, 
for the sake of consistency, refuse to close my hand 
because I cannot understand fiilly how it is done, or 
refuse to accept the fragrance of the rose because I 
do not know why the same physical conditions pro- 
duce one while and the other scarlet? 

We know sufficient about the Word to accept it 
for all practical purposes. .And this is what we 
do with material things. The saneness of such 
action is exemplified in the following incident; Dr. 
Dwight was preaching in Portland. One day one 
of his parishioners came to him and said he was go- 
ing to give up his religion because there were so 
many places in the Bible that were dark to him. 
" How similar your experience is to mine," said the 
Doctor. " I have been studying and preaching 
from that Book for twenty-five years, and yet I k 
very little about it. But let us see whether we can- 
not find enough in it that is intelligible to serve us 
for all practical" He then pointed out to 
the young lawyer that ihe part of the Word which 

was of vital importance to him, the part relating to 
his conduct in this life and his salvation in the 
world to come, was so clear and plain that a fool 
could not err therein. And thus, by means of the 
old doctor's frank manner and common-sense 
method of dealing with his brother, the young pil- 
grim was set on his feet again to continue his jour- 
ney Godward. 
Aim Arlior, Mich. 

Whii e we poor wayfarers still toil, with hot and 
bleeding feet, along the highway and the dust of 
life, our companions have but mounted the diver- 
gent path, to explore the more sacred streams, and 
visit the diviner vales, and wander amid the everlast- 
Alps of God's upper province of creation. And 
so we keep up the courage of our hearts, and refresh 
ielves with the memories of love, and travel for- 
ward in the ways of duty, with less weary step, feei- 
ng ever for the hand of God, and listening for the 
domestic vorces-of the immortals whose happ)- wel- 
come waits us. Death, in short, under the Christian 

pect, is but God's method of colonization; the 
transition from this mother country of our race to 
the fairer and newer world of our emigration.^/. 



I. Tnii OiijECT Sought. 

1. A worthy one; a high aim. 

2. Not wealth, not honor, but 

3. Eternal life, the gift of God. Rom. 6: 23. 
II. The Seeker.— Noble Traits. 

. In < 



It — " came running, 
"Press." Philpp.3:l4. 

2. Humble. Kneeled before Jesus. Matt. 
5:5,6; Matt. 5:3. 

3. Young. See Matt. 19:22; Eccl. 12: i; Matt. 6: 33. 

4. Moral. Verses ig, 20.- Had much in his favor. 

5. Jesus loved him. Christ loves the sinner but ha 

3. 4; 1 Pet. 

III. The seeker— Defects. 

1. C?ni? ///»/^ lacking. One thing often m 

2. Hoping to merit salvation by some "g 


3. Not choosing Christ he "went away : 
choice decided. 

Biihar, India. 

:t. Eph. 



Christ at Jacob's Well.— John 4: 5-15. 

Lessoii for Jan. 2Q, iSgg. 
e of those charming narratives that 
The story itself is quite in- 
; never read it, and found it 
magazine, we 
id simplicity. 

This is 1 
reads like a 

teresting. And had we never read 
for the first time in a newspaper 
would be charmed with its interest 

It is most decidedl}' Eastern in its surroundings and 
character. And to lift it out of its setting would 
mar its beauty and destroy its force. 

The city of Sychar, or Shechem, and modernly 
Nablous, is attractively beautiful, being located in 
the shades of the two historic mountains, Ebal and 
Gerizim. Passing on eastward between the two 
mountains you come to one among the notable 
places of Palestine, "Jacob's Well." And here is 
located our lesson for to-day. 

The first notable thing about it is that Christ and 
his disciples went out of the usual way of Jewish 
travel in making this journey northward from Jeru- 
salem to Galilee. Because of the prejudice existing 
in tht minds of the Jtws against the Samaritans, 
they would not even travel through their country. 
But the Christ's mission was not one of prejudice or 
caste, so that in this journey he did that which Jews 
would not ordinarily do. And in this wl- learn that 
if we would fill our mission to save the world we 
must not, because of prejudice, caste or race, avoid 

the people, but go right to them, and, for the time 
being, become one of them. 

The journey, to be made on foot, was a long and 
tiresome one, and the narrative tells us: " Jesus 
therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus 
on the well." In time it was the sixth hour, or at 
noon, when the sun was at full heat, so that rest, a 
drink of freshr cool wa-ter, such as was found in this 
well, would be acceptable and restful. And it was 
also the time for eating the noonday lunch. 

As we think of the time and circumstance a very 
pleasing picture looms up before us. Everything 
seemed to conspire to make the occasion restful 
and interesting. It was the time of day when the 
women of the city came out with their pitchers to 
draw water, so that while his disciples were away to 
the city after provisions for their lunch, a Samaritan 
woman comes to draw water. It is an interesting 
moment. Here sits this stranger, travel-worn, hun- 
gry and thirsty. Common courtesy would say to 
the woman, " Give the stranger to drink." But as 
she looks at him sh# sees the Judean countenance 
and costume. " No, I will not, because if 1 do he 
will indignantly reject my offer." He understands, 
he knows the woman's heart, and how, through 
fear, she shrinks from an interview with him. And 
his soul goes out towards her. He is anxious to 
have this feeling removed, and he, no doubt kindly, 
says to her: "Give me to drink." This was the 
opening wedge to sunder in two the partition that 
had so long kept these people apart. He not only 
is willing to accept terms of reconciliation, but he 
offers them. The woman is surprised at the over- 
tures made. She does not understand why this 
stranger, a Jew, should ask a thing of her that was 
so contrary to the long-established and scrupulous- 
ly carried-out custom. And because of this she 
asks: "How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest 
drink of me, why;h am a woman of Samaria?" 
This gave Jesus the opportunity of offering to her 
the "living water," that which she needed much 
more than he needed the water from Jacob's well to 
quench his physical thirst. 

The gradual development of the great truth that 
he wished to awaken in the mind of this woman is 
very interesting indeed. She felt a need of the bet- 
ter life, but as she was not within reach of the thing 
which her soul desired, she abandoned all hope and 
turned her thoughts to physical enjoyments. Just 
what her life was we don't know. From the narra- 
tive we can infer that it was perhaps not very com- 
mendable, and one of daily drudgery. So, when 
she heard of this new water, she was glad. What 
did he say? 'Whosoever drinketh of the water 
that I, shall give him shall never thirst" again. 
As she thought' of the number of times that she 
had come to this well, drawn the water from 
the* depths below and carried it on her head 
to her home, and then thought of this new liv- 
ing water — drink of it just once and then thirst no 
more, be satisfied forever — she saith unto him, "Sir, 
give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come 
hither to draw." To her this would be a blessing 
large and long. But could she have understood the 
offer as we understand it her joy would have been 
much more full and complete. She was satisfied 
with a to-be-continued physical blessing because 
she had no ground for hoping for more and better. 
She did not know the Christ as we^know him, and 
yet, are there not too many of us, with our enlarged 
views, satisfied with physical blessings, when the 
spiritual are not only made known to us, but offered 
freely, without money and without price. 

As [his " living water" was offered to this woman, 
so it is offered to us. As this was the opening up 
to her of the gift of eternal life, so it was opened up 
for us. 

Before the coming of Christ the Jews were God's 
people, and the Gentiles, the class to which we be- 
long, were castaways. The lines were drawn as 
closely religiously as they were physically between 
the Jews and Samaritans. But in the coming of 
Christ these lines have been taken away. And the 
watchword now is: " Whosoever will, let him take 
of the water of life freely." This living water is 
offered to us. Will we have it? h. b. b. 

Jan. 21, i8 


Generai Missionary 

...Tract Department. 


Kansas 1 L.W. Teeter. 

Illinois I S. F. SANGER, 

General Misslonai 

Does your Sunday school give a// the col- 
ections to mission work? If not, try it! We 
mow of one school that raised nearly Sio on z 
■ecent Sunday, and realized a great blessing. 

An increased demand for religious books 
oE all kinds is reported from China. Some of 
the leading works have been translated by the 
1, in spile of the prohibitory 
of the Empress-Dowager, they meet 
•eady sale among the people. 

1 the earth," the 

le of the most prom- 
civilization. Sir A. 
-in a population of 
r worshipers in 8oo 
itcend 1,534 schools. 

"The darkest spot 

Fiji group, stands out as < 
ising centers of Christia 
Gordon reported in 1871 

churches; 42,000 children 
Too often 


do not have Bible 
lereft a"hint to th 
the following: "At an out-door meeting on Red 
Hill Common, near London, after one of the 
speakers had told a number of stories, one of 
the hearers called out: " I say, Govnor, let us 
have more out of the Bible next time."' The 
suggestion was a wise one. Story-tiling foi 


ncident giv 
Bible truth is Christ's way of illu 
Read the Bible to the people." 

uld becon: 

A great work has been done in various 
parts of Spain by Mr. Fliedner. a Protestant 
missionary. At one place some members of 
his little flock were condemned to imprison- 
ment by the priest for their fidelity to Christ, 
In the prison they were continually singing and 
praising God. After some days the judgt 
came and set them at liberty. The priest had 
called and told him so many people gathered 
outside to listen to the beautiful hymns the 
men sang, it was better they should be dis- 
charged, or the whole village 
Protestant. ■ 

The Bible, we are assured, is sharper than 
any two-edged sword, and often it dismays its 
adversaries to-day, as in the days of old. A 
Turk, arrested for reading the Bible, before 
sentence was passed, begged permission to ask 
a single question. It being given, he said, " In 
traveling I come to a cross road. There are 
two men, one dead and the other -ilive. Of 
whom shall I ask advice? " " Of the living, of 
course," they all said. "Then why require mi 
to go to Mahomet, who is dead, rather than ti 
Christ, who is alive? " They were honorabl 
enough to dismiss him. 


— Christmas was observed here by appropri- 
ate selections of readings and songs by the chil- 
dren of the Sunday school at 11 A. M. In the 
evening Eld. Moos, of Indiana, delivered an 
able discourse. 

— It was oij^r privilege to attend a ten days' 
Bible term at the South church, beginning Dec. 
12. The average attendance was eighty-five. 
One aged sister, in her seventy-fifth year, did 

)t miss a lesson. We were especially i 

■essed with the interest the older members 

—The average attendance at our Sunday 
school, the last quarter, was eighty. A number 
of new scholars-have been admitted within the 
last quarter. 

—The church membership has been in- 
creased eleven, by letter, in six months. Re- 
cently a young sister expressed a willingness 
to again work in sympathy with the church. 

—If inactive members could be awakened to 
their duties and privileges, it would be the 
greatest power for the ingathering of precious 

—The industrial work of the Mission has 
proved to be quite interesting to the children, 
and among our number are some quite young 
seamstresses. Some of our boys also prefer 
sewing to drawing or other lessons, and do 
some excellent work for beginners. 

—New Year's day was improved by the four 
usual services. Bro. L. R. Peifer delivered 
two impressive sermons, appropriate for the 
ushering in of the New Year, causing one to re 
fleet upon the goodness of God in sparing u; 
another year, that perchance we yet may beai 
acceptable fruit. Oh! that we might have mort 
patience and forbearance with each other, ant 
use his method of nurturmg non-fruit bearers 
—The past week, and at present, there \: 
much sickness in town. A number of death: 
has brought sorrow into many homes. Atten 
tion and assistance in times of affliction may be 
the means of saving our own soul and those to 
whom we minister. 

VVaicrho. Iowa, IISJ Soieih Si. 


Report of Chicago Mission. 

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1 Receipts for Jan. i to 1 



: Fay Showallcr. 

t Cteek S. S.. «7-34; Lick 

ver, ?6; A, C. Kliitly, 
■, ClarkHill, »i,!io;J.A. 
:r. J3; J^imiis Himcllck. 

Md.— Jo'»n E- GnJigy, Accideiil. 
Mo.-S. E. Hogan. Kockinghani. 
iLL.-A.M. Flory.MuMorris.d. 
Mt. Morris. «i. 50; total 

Ui . I'i.. 50 

rarthii and George Steele, piT Abral.iiui Sleuk. 

Yellow Creek cli,. I'a i 00 

ister ■■ X Y /.," I'liilndelphia. I'a i 00 

. II. Keller. Livingston. Iowa, 3 00 

i3t<:r3 of Shamnm. Illinois, per Knlii^ McNiill, . . a S5 

aiiLinthn Woll, Aslilim. Ill 300 

L sbler. Unionville. Iowa aS 

ValsallScliool.CamhriiiCo.. Pa., per Enim.i Car- 

,!.'|'l<',!' I ,.,k -. S., N,llIl,^^c■sI, In.l,! per A. W. 
(...,,', '^ ■-. ,„ L 1 KiM)li-. l.auia.Ulilo.. . 6 CO 

\1, ;,,,!; , 1, . I, in , ,„.r VInna Ulerdorfl 6 00 

~.. : .,, . I . .. I laK9, Smiidlcy, Pa 2^0 

- ,, , I,: I I 1, Ohio 1 00 

rock, Carlisle, ?i.a 

Do you think that it always takes a power- 
ful sermon to bring the people to Christ? 
Sometimes it is by the quiet effort of the hum- 
ble Christian that most is accomplished. A 
missionary of Tokio opened the Japanese Bi- 
ble to John 1 : 2Q, and told a bright, young Jap- 
anese to read it. Slowly and thoughtfully he 
read. "Behold God's Lamb who put upon 
himself ihe crime of the world." " Does that 

what i 

isked. The 

sionary told him. "Yes." He believed it and 
went out and brought to the missionary 
after another, eight hundred of the crear 
the young men of Japan, and one by one they 
were led to the feet of Jesus. 

It is said that 
for chewing gun 
One hundred tim 
CO as for the heathen. Nearly 

ipent annually 


spent for liquor 
for the Gospel 

pent for tobac- 

Wonien pay more for fashiona 
to save the world. Oh! the neglect to give! I 
men professing Christianity woidd abstai 
from tobacco, and women from their superilui 
lits. and devote the money to missions, th 
glnd tidings might be sent to every dark coi 
ner m the world, the vile places in our cilie 
could be cleansed and the world's workei 
might be provided with comfort. 

k 5. S., t-T. Oakley c 
rris, 40 cents; WoodI 
angh. Ml. Morris. So 

Whitmer. N. Lib 

enwood. S.Bend. do; V 
erly. ^li: Christian Sch 

Middiebury, fa; Cbri 

Eby. Westficld. S1.5 
Liberty. Ji.-iS: Mar 

tia.i and Susan Scl.rock. 
liEbie, N.Liberty, *5;n 
; Oak Grove Bible clas 
a Leckrone. Silver Lak 
f7.36; John D. Miller. 


and Mr 

Libertyvillc. <i; Farnklin 
. G. E. Goughnoiir, Max- 

wdl. »5; Do 


aiid Margawt A. Sensen- 
Ltaiiiel Pratt. Fredericks- 

Ohio.-F. M.and Kliiora[Jr>we.s. Forest. . . . 

NKnK.-A sister. Beatrice ; ' " ' ' 

W. Va.-J- H, Cassady and wile. Bayard 


KaNS. . Canev 

AuxiLiARv Circle.- _ 

Total ' 

Ii.i.,— A class of Sunday-school boys. Cerrogordo.; Franklin Grove S.S.. Cherry Grove 

i. S,. S4.50: total ' 

MD.-Sunday school at Grosstiickles meeling- 

w!'vA^pieasan'l"v°ew "s.ri.: Moses Fikc and 

•ile. Eglon.!i-3S:ioliil Sell 

Mo.— Mary M. Cox. Sweet Springs _ 

Total ' 

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Our Prayer Meeting. 

FRUIT-BEARINQ.-John is: 8. 

For IVei-k Ending Feb. 4. 
FiiulT ot the old miin. Death, Rom 

•.7: 5. 


. Ro 

I of the ne 
: heavenly graces. Gal. 5: 22, 23. 
ilit is expected by God. Luke 13: 6, q: 


Fruit, a Christian's char; 

7: 16; 12: J3. 
. l.ruit,-sccret of. Jolin 15: 4. Si Matt. 13; 

23; Col. 1:5.6. , , 

. Fruit.-hiudrance to. Matt. 13; 22; Luke 

8: 14. 

Fruit, progressive. Mark 4: 28, 29. 
. Fruit, subject of prayer. Philpp. 1: n: 

Col. 1: 10. 
. Fruit under chastening. Heb. 12; 11. 
.. Fruit rather than leaves. IWark 11: 13, H- 
. Fruit a result of Christ's death. John 12; 

Fruit a result of heaVfenly wisdom. Jas. 3: 

a?H:E gosi=eXj 2s4:EssE3src3-Eie/. 


The Gospel Messenger, 


Brethren Publishing House, 

The General Missionary and Tract Committee, 

Subscription, $1.60 per Annum in Advance. 

Five were recently added to the Mouiid Valley 
church, Oklahoma, by baptism. 

Bro. Daniel Gakver was to begin a series oj 
meetings at Red River, Ohio, Jan. 14. 

Hro. S. BucKiEW is holding a series of meetings 
in the Olive Branch church, Lexington, 111. 

Those who sent" us numbers 46 and 47 of the 
Yoii/ig- Disciple for last year will please accept our 
thanks for them. 

Four have been received into the North Morrill 
church, Kans., by baptism. Bro. J. J. Scrogum 
preached for the Brethren. 

Bro. Andrew Snowuerger is engaged in a series 
of meetings at Anderson, Ind. Six have already 
united with the church there. 

A series of meetings will be begun in the Wabash 
church, Ind., Jan. 28. In connection with the meet- 
ings a Bible term will be held bj' Bro. David Hol- 

Bro. I. B. Trout goes to McPherson, Kans., the 
last of this month to assist the College in its .Special 
Bible Term, and to conduct a series of meetings at 
the close of the Term. 

It is reported that a visiting minister preached 
one hour and a quarter at a meeting he attended, 
and then apologized for quitting so soon, for the 
reason that he was not well. Comment is unneces- 

The Brethren in Northeastern Kansas are work- 
ng hard to raise money enough to erect a house of 
\ors!iip in Kansas City, and it is to be hoped that 
hey will succeed, for a house of worship is ver)' 
iiuch needed in the city. 

Her many friends throughout the Brotherhood 
will be sorry to learn of the death of Sister Susan 
Lahman, who departed this life Jan. 16. She and 
her husband, Bro. J. C. Lahman, who died nearly 
two years ago, were well known and highly es- 
teemed among us. 

Bko. W. R. Deeter, of Milford. Ind., was with us 
all last week and a part of this, and while here de- 
livered some most excellent sermons in the Chapel. 
His talks, as well as those given by Bro. J. H. 
Wright, the week before, were greatly appreciated. 
We congratulate the Brethren in Northern Indiana 
for having such able defenders of the Truth. 

So much of our time was taken up last week with 
the work of the General Mission Board that we 
were not permitted to attend even one session of 
the most excellent Special Bible Term now in prog- 
ress here. This we very much regret. The attend- 
ance is large, and the interest most excellent. The 
term is attended not only by an unusually large 
number of the ministers, but by a number from oth- 
er Districts. Among the latter, not before or else- 
where mentioned, arc J. H. Brubaker, Virden, 111., 
Wm. Buckingham, Lintner, 111., D. J. Blickenstaff, 
Oakley, 111., I'eter Brower and Samuel Flory, South 
English, Iowa, E. G. Rodabaugh, Birmingham, Iowa, 
H. W. Allen, Dumont, Iowa, A, J. Nickey, Juniata, 

Our different 
about to ( 

in their 

special Bible terms. Tht 

programs furnished lead us to think that the work 
will be excellent. Church workers who can attend 
all or a part of one of these terms should not fail to 
do so. It will help them and their churches. 

Under date of Dec. 28 Mr. Metsker, who traveled 
with us through the Bible Lands, writes that Bro. 
W. E. Roop was not well enough to sail on the 30th, 
as was expected, but that he would probably be 
able to sail Jan. 13. They ai-e likely on the ocean 
at this time and may reach New York inside of a 
few days. 

Writing under date of Dec. 16, the da)' before 
landing at Bombay, Bro. D. L. Miller said all were 
well. While on the way to India they had Bible 
readings every forenoon. One afternoon Bro. Mil- 
ler gave a talk on the Holy Land to the passengers. 
He says: *' It is the old, old story. People all over 
the world do seem to be interested in Palestine." 

The tendency is to estimate a map according to 
the position he occupies or what he has, rather than 
by what he is. But this often leads to mistakes, for 
men very rarely get just what they deserve in this 
world. What we are will decide our destiny. Nei- 
ther wealth nor position will avail anything when we 
come before the Judge of the earth in the last day. 

When a congregation calls a minister to hold a 
series of meetings it should see to it that his ex- 
lienses are paid and that he receives a reasonable 
amount for his time as well. Preachers ha\'e fam- 
ilies that look to them for support, and it is not 
proper that these families should be neglected. A 
hint to the wise along this line ought to be sufficient. 

We have an interesting communication from Bro. 
McCann. It came too late for this issue, but will 
appear next week. He said it was rumored that 
the plague had again broken out at Bulsar. We 
can only trust that our missionaries will be protect- 
ed by Divine Power as they have been hitherto. 
They were eagerly looking forward to Bro. Miller's 

We regret our inability to give the needed atten- 
tion to the editorial pages this week. Nearly all of 
our time was taken up with other matters demand- 
ing our time. We close our work on this issue 
early Monday morning and start to Indiana, expect- 
ing to be absent for several days. A number of 
letters requiring our personal attention must remain 
on our desk unanswered for a week or more. 

Our Bible schools, held in different parts of the 
Brotherhood, are doing good in more ways than 
one. They are not only the means of imparting 
valuable Bible knowledge and encouraging the peo- 
ple to study the Scriptures, but they are instru- 
mental in leading the sinner to Christ. This may 
be seen in some of the reports that appear in this 
issue. Let us encourage this department of church 

We are informed of a mission point where a very 
uninviting place has been selected for the Sunday 
school and the regular services. As a result the 
better class of people do not attend the meetings, 
and hence no permanent good is accomplished. 
This ma}- be lawful, but it is far from being wise. 
At all of our mission points we should seek places 
for our services that a good class of people may be 
induced to attend them. This is a matter of more 
than ordinary importance. 

A minister, on moving into a congregation where 
his services were not specially needed, remarked 
that he did not mean to be in the way of the home 
preachers, for it was his purpose to work in other 
fields. He was told that it is not the judicious 
working preacher that stands in the way of others, 
but the one who will not work. And so it is the 
world over. The prudent worker is never an obsta- 
cle, but always a help. The Lord has use for the 
earnest workers, but he has no place for the man 
who will not work. 

Now and then we read of singing schools in some 
of the congregations. These schools need to be en- 
couraged, and one or more should be held in each 
congregation in the Brotherhood. If we propose 
to keep instrumental music out of our churches we 
must encourage vocal music. Send for the "Gospel 
Songs and Hymns No. I," and learn to sing with 
the spirit and with the understanding also. 

Some years ago we happened to be at a Sunday 
school in the countiy, and occupied a seat with the 
advanced class. When the proper time came we no- 
ticed that a few of the scholars opened their Bibles, 
but most of them turned to the lesson in the quar- 
terly. The teacher, a young brother, appeared be- 
fore the class, and we began wondering what he 
was going to use, as he had neither Bible nor quar- 
terly in his hands. After looking at his class a 
moment, and observing that each one was ready for 
the lesson, he drew from his pocket a small Testa- 
ment and proceeded with the recitation, making no 
use of any other help whatever. We soon discov- 
ered that he had not only mastered the contents of 
the quarterly, but he had studied his Bible and was 
therefore ready for the work. We ndt only com- 
mend his course, but recommend his example to 
others. He did his studying at home, and when he 
appeared before his class, needed only the New 
Testament. The quarterly is proper in its place, 
but it should not take the place of the Bible in our 
Sunday school work. 


When David, the second king of the Israelites, 
departed this life, his remains were laid to rest in a 
tomb on the summit of Mount Zion, about one- 
fourth of a mile to the southwest of Mount Moriah, 
and overlooking the mountain. The place was 
within the city wall at the time, but now it is with- 
out, the south wall passing a short distance to the 
north of the tomb. It was a most suitable location 
for the resting place of a distinguished king, and 
has always been held in great "eneration by the 

Though David's death occurred more than 1,000 

lars before the Christian era, his sepulchre was 
yet in existence, and well known in the time of the 
apostles. Acts 2; 29. The place is still pointed out 
to the traveler who visits Jerusalem, but the tomb 
itself is on the inside of a large stone building, and 
only occasionally is one permitted to look upon it. 
In this building there is an upper room said to oc- 
cupy the place of the upper room in which Jesus 
ate his last supper with his disciples. We visited 
this room, and while standing in it were deeply im- 
pressed with the thought of being on the very spot 
where the Master went with his disciples the even- 
ing before his death, where he washed their feet 
and where he instituted the Lord's Supper and the 
Communion. We drew a mental picture of the ta- 
ble, surrounded by the faithful little band and Jesus 
at the head. We saw him as he arose from the pre- 
pared supper, and then followed him through all 
the services of the evening, and then went with him 
to the quiet retreat in the Garden of Gethsema- 
ne, fully one-half mile away. It was pleasing to 
thus stand on holy ground and contemplate the 
events of the past. And now when we read the 
New Testament narratives of the events of that ev- 
ening we cannot help associating them with the up- 
per room visited on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. 

We, however, need not always go to this upper 
room for the blessings promised those who are will- 
ing to carry out the institutions established by Je- 
sus on the occasion referred to. Jesus has said, " If 
)'e know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." 
John 13: 17. He will be present at any time or 
place where his people assemble and obey from the 
heart the form of doctrine he gave to his disciples. 
While it is pleasant to visit these sacred places, 
where Jesus has been in person, and meditate on 

Jan. 21 



them, it is also gratifying to know that we can still 
carry out the divine institutions as they were first 
criven, and enjoy all the blessings pertaining thereto. 
May the Lord help his people to keep his com- 
mandments in faith and in the spirit. j. H. M. 


On page 34 of this issue Bro. Quincy Leckrone 
has a communication setting forth some reasons for 
electing deacons for a term of years instead of for 
life. The article gives us occasion for a few obser- 
vations on the subject, and we write this because 
others may hold the same view that our brother ad- 
vances, and may also have met with the same diffi- 
culties that he presents against the present method 
of electing these officers for life. 

To us it occurs that a careful reading of the 
Scriptures relating to the deacon and his work, 
strongly indicates that he is chosen for life or prop- 
er conduct. He is not a temporary officer, but one 
elected by the vote of the church and duly installed. 
If he is not a fit man for the place he should not 
have been chosen, and if he is a fit man then there 
is no reason why he may not be continued in office. 
His qualifications are such as appear to relate to 
life, and not to a mere temporary service. Without 
entering into a detailed discussion of the subject it 
seems to us that this is the only meaning that can 
be drawn from a proper interpretation of the Scrip- 
tures. As to the unfaithful and inefficient deacon, 
the church can do no better than correct all the 
mistakes she makes in calling to the office men who 
do not possess the required qualif 
church has a right to correct any mis 
make along this line, and if she does 
has no one but herself to blame for th 

Inactive deacons are largely the result of inactive 
elders. Elders need to train their deacons and see 
to it that they do their work well, and manifest a 
becoming zeal. They need to be encouraged as 
well as instructed, and no one can do this as well as 
the elder in charge. The years of active training 
give to the deacon a power that is seldom found m 
newly-elected men. Besides, it is his privilege to 
find work for other members, or see that it is found, 
and by so doing the whole church may be made a 
working and active body. We make these observa- 
tions, not for the purpose of controversy, but with a 
view of having our readers consider the subject from 
different standpoints. J- >1- »•• 

— Since the mission point at Roanoke, La., has 
become self-supporting, some church property 
owned by the Committee at that place was turned 
over to that church. 

— It is very gratifying to the Committee to have 
missions to become self-supporting at as early a 
date as possible, so that attention may be given to 
other places. 

— A mission that has required assistance for years 
sent in a request that, since aid is no more needed 
by them, the amount heretofore sent them be used 
in building up a church at another point which they 
suggest. The suggestion is a good one, and shows 
development in the work in more ways than one. 

— It was decided that Bro. Hope, who has been 
giving attention to the work in Denmark and Swe- 
den since the early part of September last, should 
be permitted to return to his family in America. It 
is to be hoped that circumstances may so shape 
themselves that he can, with his family, locate in 
Denmark or Sweden, and give all of his attention to 
the work in these fields. 

— Our missions in these countries are promising, 
and need attention as well as encouragement. The 
Brethren made no mistake when they planted the 
standard of true Christianity in this part of Europe. 

. —The Board decided to renew and continue its 
efforts at building up the cause in Smyrna, Asia 
Minor. The mere fact that an obstacle has been 
met with will in no manner change the purpose of 
the Committee. 

— The opposition arrayed against Bro. Fercken, 

which resulted in driving him from the field for the 

time, will cause a temporary check, but in the end 

11 not materially hinder the good work so well be- 



—Then, as a people. 

ive need not be discouraged 

ake she 


by such misfortunes. 

Other denominations are 

not do it 


meeting with obstacle 

far greater than any that 


have yet confronted i 

s, and they do not, for one 

moment, think of abandoning their efforts on that 


port of wc 

ing up of 1 

— Now ; 

ice Bro. Fercken cannot return to Smyr- 
1 Switzerland, the Board thought it wise 

I open up a mission in Switzerland, — a 
iing field. 

II be very gratifying news to a number 
1, in various parts of the Brotherhood, 

who emigrated to America from Switzerland. They 
long to have the whole Gospel carried to their na- 

— Ands 
na, but is 
to have h 
very prom 

—This \ 
of Brethn 

; land. 


—The General Missionary and Tract Committee 
met at this place with all the members present, on 
Tuesday morning, Jan. 10. 

—This meeting was held at an earlier date than 
the regular time on account of some important and 
urgent business that needed attention. 

—As the time was in the midst of the Special Bi- 
ble Term at the College, not a few of those here 
from a distance availed themselves of the oppor- 
tunity to be present during some of the delibera- 
tions of the Missionary Committee. 

—The meeting lasted from Tuesday till Saturday, 
an unusual length of time. Some of the business 
was of such a nature as to require a good deal of 

—More than one day was spent deliberating on 
one question of which our readers will be informed 
later on. 

-Considerable attention was given to the Chica- 
go mission with a view of somewhat enlarging and 
improving the work, ai 
growing interest, anc 
means be neglected. 

—A new and far better house is needed m tht 
city, and much better and more home-like accom 
modations are in great demand for the children': 
mission. In time steps will be taken to secuit 

interest must by 

—The report presented to the Board from India 
seems to be encouraging, and the work is moving 
along as well as could be expected. The outlook is 
promising and the zeal commendable. 

—It is to be hoped that efforts to establish mis- 
sions among the colored people in the South may 
be renewed ere long, but it will require considera- 
ble money to set the work on foot and keep it go- 

—A committee was appointed to frame rules reg- 
ulating the use and distribution of the income from 
the Gish Fund. The primary use of this fund is to 
supply our ministers with good and helpful litera- 
ture, and in due time our ministers will commence 
enjoying the aid contemplated in the will creating 
the fund. 

—Some are inquiring after that part of the fund 
to be used in helping worn-out missionaries and su- 
perannuated ministers. We here state that no part 
of that portion of the fund is yet available, and prob- 
ably will not be for some time. 

—The Committee, in one part of the Brotherhood, 
is confronted or rather hindered in her work by eld- 
ers refusing to ordain to the eldership a number of 
younger and faithful brethren well qualified for the 
office, and who could be a great help to the cause of 
Christianity were they in the eldership. . , . , 

- It is unfortunate that a hindrance of this kind 
should exist, but efforts must be made to remove it, 
and we feel certain that it will be accomplished in 
due time. The Lord wants strong and efficient men 
in the eldership, and it is no more than proper that 
the Mission Board should be concerned about a 
matter of this kind in a section of the country where 
it has labor to perform. 

— Bro. Henrj' Brubaker has been doing a good 
deal of mission work in Arkansas, and reports that 
he is receiving more calls than it is possible for him 
to fill. He will devote a good deal of his time to 
preaching the Gospel in the field entrusted to him. 

— And, by the way, our people are making quite 
an effort to establish a number of churches in that 
State, and are succeeding fairly well. But there, as 
well as in other new fields, we need to increase our 

— It was decided to publish a Hand Book setting 
forth the rules and regulations governing the Gen- 
eral Missionary Committee in its work, and also con- 
taining some valuable information relating to the 
Committee and what has been accomplished. A 
copy of this little publication will be sent to each 
minister and each member of District Mission 
Boards in the course of some weeks. 

—The Publishing House turned 84,000 over to 
the Missionary Committee, to be used in preaching 
the Gospel and in assisting to build meetinghouses. 
It is very gratifying to the House to be thus able to 
assist in the work of the Committee, and we are 
confident that it also affords our readers great 
pleasure to know that the church now owns the 
publishing interest, and that the profits from the in- 
stitution go towards preaching the Gospel. This 
will encourage the Brethren to support the one 
House and her publications. 

—The Board recommended that for the use of 
our ministers in particular, and the Brotherhood in 
general, two gublished, of which no- 
tice will be given in due time. They are to be 
brought out by the Gish Fund. 

—As usual, a number of both brethren and sisters 
offer their services to the Mission Board to be used 
in the mission field. It so happens that the Com- 
mittee has no suitable openings for any of them at 
this time, and then the contributions for the sup- 
rkers is not sufficient to justify the opcn- 
ew fields. 

nd then a minister is urged to go south 
and spend the winter in a mild climate, and the 
Missionaiy Committee is asked to bear the ex- 
penses. But the Committee has long since decided 
that it is not proper to appropriate money for that 

—The Board docs not approve of two ministers 
who receive support traveling together and holding 
meetings jointly. Where there arc two preachers 
there ought to be two good meetings at two differ- 
ent points. 

—It is proper that a careful watch be kept over 
the money collected for the spread of the Gospel, 
and it should be made to go as far as possible. 

—Some wish to work in organized State Districts 
and then ask the Committee to grant a support. 
This the Board cannot do. It employs no workers 
in State Districts. Work of this class is under the 
supervision of the State Board. 

— Occasionally a brother writes for money to aid 
him in going into business in a locality where he 
thinks he may be able to do some missionary work 
and yet support himself. The Board does not deem 
it wise to invest money in this manner. 

—A number of the congregations needing aid to 
erect houses of worship are calling for donations in- 
stead of loans. The Board is endeavoring to make 
just as few donations as possible. It much prefers 
loans at a very low rate of interest. In this way a 
loan is secured on the house, and should the congre- 
gation, for any reason go down, the Committee can 
hold the building and thus avoid any loss. Then it 
is the proper thing for any congregation receiving 
assistance in this manner, to contribute something 
each year, and this can be done in paying the small 
amount of interest required. 

—These are a few of the notes we picked up as 
we listened to the deliberations of the Board. We 
could give a number more, but these are all that the 
readers probably care for at this time. 

—This was the longest meeting ever held by the 
Board, and some very important work was accom- 
plished, and some far-reaching questions consid- 
ered We trust that all of it may result in good 
to the honor and glory of God. J- H. M. 



Much of the surface of the State of Pennsylvania 
is made up of mountains, valleys and ridges, so that 
in some respects it bears a similarity to Palestine, 
the land of Bible story. Between these upheavals 
we have our valleys — some wide and long, others 
narrow and short — varied in soil and productiveness 
as hilly countries generally are. While mountains 
and hills are not desirable for farming purposes, 
because of the variety they give in soil, altitude i 
e.vposure, such a thing as an entire failure in gra 
beeir known. 

and fruits has neve 
country does not fli 
plenty of both wit: 
in the shape of lust 
To some extent wt 

And while our 
,v with milk and honey, we have 
a goodly suppl)' of the luxuries 
DUS fruits and berries thrown in. 
enjoy the answer to Solomon's 

prayer, " Give me neither poverty nor riches," lest 
we be full and forget God, or lest we be empty and 
steal. Though we have some poverty — and in some 
cases, an over-fullness — )-et, on the whole, we have 
a goodly land — a land of Well-to-do homes. 

Our adjoining valleys are the Juniata, Big Valley 
Trough Creek, Germany Hill Valley, Smith's, 
Mare's, Woodcock, Snake Spring, Canoe, Groundhog 
and Stone. All these, years ago, formed camping 
grounds for the Red Man with his wigwam homes, 
where they revelled on the bounteous productions 
of game and fishes in abundance. And could the 
now bared bottoms and hillsides speak, most heart- 
rending stories would be told of the cruelties en- 
dured by the early white settlers who dared to come 
in to occupy the land. ^ 

It might be interesting to give the origin of the 
queer names given to these valleys. Some were 
named after the first settlers, others because of con- 
ditions and circumstances then existing, a few of 
which are far-fetched and difficult of interpretation. 
The Big Valley was so named because of its size, 
and it is one among the best a;i to soil and produc- 
tiveness. It was settled by the Amish Brethren, 
the Yoders, Peachys, Huleys, Beiler.s, and others 
who still hold the land, through their children, and 
have perpetuated their form of religion with the at- 
tending customs and regulations. 

Germany Valley was named after the German 
people who located there as the first settlers. It 
was the Schwartzenau of the Brethren church of this 
part of the country, represented by the Spanogles, 
Ebys, Lutzes, Garvers, Clocks and the Umpen- 
hams. Years ago the largest, most active ajid pros- 
perous church of Middle Pennsylvania was here. 

Hill Valley adjoins this on the southwest and 
now forms part of the Germany Valley or Aughwick 
church. It is so named because of its being more 
hillsides than valley. One of the Aughwick church- 
houses is located in this valley with a fairly good 
surrounding membership. Near this house were the 
homes of two of the former elders of the Aughwick 
congregation, Abram Funck and John Spanogle. 
The latter's home is now occupied by John E. Car- 
ver, one of the resident ministers. This valley, in 
connection with the Brethren church, has an inter- 
esting history but we will omit it now. 

Woodcock Valley was so named because of the 
abundanceof these birds that then abounded there. 
Among its early settlers were members of the 
Brethren church who were presided over by elders 
John Shinefelt, Christian Hoover and John Martin. 
About the history and lives of these brathreci we 
know nothing. This valley was the early home of 
the Brumbaughs as they immigrated from Mary- 
land, across the mountains, and lodged in this val- 
ley. Here lived our great-grandfather, John Jacob 
Brumbaugh, and here were born grandfather and 
Eld. Geo. Brumbaugh, with his brothers, Samuel, 
Daniel and David. They were all men of renown 
physically, and spiritually as well. They were of 
the hardy pioneers who felled the heavy forests and 
turned an Indian wilderness into fruitful fields for 

corn and wOieat. They were also men of good mor- 
al character and deep religious convictions, who 
dared to do the right though men and the devil op- 
posed. Since then there have been six generations 
— and the Brumbaughs still have a name in the val- 
ley. How many of their stern moral and religious 
characteristics have been perpetuated the writer 
does not feel it prudent to say. Many of the suc- 
ceeding families migrated across the mountain to 
Morrison's Cove, and from there westward, so that 
at this time our name is found in all the States from 
the Atlantic to the Pacific. And as far as we have 
been able to learn, though we, in all, number some 
three thousand, not a single one has been a drunk- 
ard or filled a drunkard's grave. And we hope that 
this record may never be broken. 

And perhaps the oddest name of our list of val- 
leys is that of Snake Spring, named from a spring at 
the head of the valley that at one time formed a col- 
ony of rattlesnakes, copperheads and vipers. Of 
course the valley is not to blame for bearing such an 
odd name — neither poetic nor pleasant to contem- 
plate, but the name still clings to it and maybe per- 
petuated for all time. This we know, the name has 
nothing to do with the character of the people — at 
least not all of them. It is thought by the very 
close observers and perhaps, the critical, that some 
few of the people there are a little snakish. But as 
such people are found in all communities, if such 
should be the case, no blame can be attached to the 
name for it. Such characteristics in men and wom- 
en came from too close a relationship with the old 
serpent of Eden, from whom we all have imbibed 
too much craftiness and poison. 

Tradition has it that this valley was one among 
the chief and ciioice hunting grounds of the Indians 
— and later had some attractions in this line for the 
white man as well. And we do not need to wonder 
at this when we are made to remember that our 
pioneer settlers had their living largely from hunt- 
ing and fishing. Because of these natural means of 
living the Red Man gave man a hard struggle and 
bloody battle before relinquishing his rights to 
camping grounds so suitable and pleasant. Here 
too, our brethren had an early history and witnessed 
some lively and by no means desirable scenes. 

Here were the early homes of the Studebakers, 
Snowbergers, Ritchies, Harshbergers and others 
that we might-name who were the bone and sinew 
of the church in its early history. Only a short 
time ago we had the pleasure of sojourning for a 
short time in the home of Eld. W. S. Ritchey, who 
lives in the former home of Eld. Andrew Snowber- 
ger. This house in his day, was what we now some- 
times call our schools,— "a church and home " for 
our people. The living part was below and the 
church above. And it was entertaining to hear our 
host give some of his boyhood experiences during 
these '■ " held upstairs. What he and his 
companions did while the fathers and mothers were 
upstairs singi'ng, praying and preaching we shall 
not tell. But he gave good testimony as to the zeal 
and piety pf these fathers and mothers in Israel- 
how they met at this and other homes the evening 
before and sang, prayed, exhorted and discussed till 
the midnight hour, and the impressions these things 
left on minds yet untouched by the sweetness of the 
religion of Christ. 

In our travels we hear so many of these long-ago 
church experiences and stories that we are made to 
feel as if we would like to make a book of them for 
the pleasure of the coming generations. H. n. n. 



All that by mortal can be done, 

A mother ventures for her son; 

If marked by worth .Tnd merit high. 

Her bosom heats with ecstasy; 

And though he own nor worth nor charm. 

To him her faithful heart is warm. 

Though wayward passions round him close 

And fame and fortune prove his foes: 

Through every change of good and ill. 

Unchanged a mother loves him still. 

ORfi,\Nlz.vnoN is-a means of progress, so far as it 
calls unemployed forces into active operation. The 
choice of the first seven helpers gave a mighty im- 
pulse toward the spread of the Gospel. But over- 
organization causes friction by multiplying agencies 
to do the same thing. 



We are at work doing what we can working for 
the Master and the missionary cause. We meet once 
a month. We average about twelve members in 
attendance, although we have thirty-six enrolled. 
They are not all so situated as to attend all the 

We have sent thirty dollars to different missions; 
eleven dollars was given to the poor at home, and 
we have four dollars in treasury. This makes a 
total of forty-five dollars. 

Have we not abundant reasons to thank the Lord 
for his goodness? Pray for us that we may become 
inore and more consecrated to the Lord. ■ 

Clinton, Ohio. 




I don 

tion of the 
my son! w 

luch written on the subject of liquor, but 
inch written on the subject of mothers 
and keeping it in their cellars the year 
how I see mothers lament the condi- 
sons! Ofttimes I hear them say, "Oh, 
n he was at home he never tasted liq- 
uor." Ah, think! You gave him wine of your own 
make. How often is this the case! 

A dear young man once said, " I am the only son. 
My mother goes away visiting and leaves me in 
care of the wine-making business. Now I have 
learned to drink something stronger than wine. 
Mother, I first got it in our cellar, of your own 
make. I am sorry, mother, but I fear it is too late. 
I cannot let it alone." 

The licensed saloon system is a moral evil, and is 
to-day one of the most gigantic powers of the devil 
to ruin and degrade- our young men, unfitting them 
for moral and social life. Wine is likewise a great 
evil, to ruin and plant a habit in our boys. Wine is 
a mocker, and whoever is deceived thereby is not 
wise. Mothers, do think along this line, and let all 
try to abolish or diminish the evils of wine-making, 
and the saloon keeper will and must have fewer 
customers. May we soon, by the help of God, have 
this great evil put aside. It entails on the unborn 
the iniquities of the fathers and mothers, to be 
reaped in an immense harvest of its bitter fruits. 

Yet who are alarmed? Who have lifted up their 
voice to cry out against it? Who have done all 




; th 


against th 
nds of wine mad 
; dandelion to mak 
tended that wholes 


1? To-day there 

ever before; they 

I don't believe 

b to be used 

le h 

in wine, to be used in a fer 

Who will rise up and sti 

and man, and save the boy 

Mothers, will it be you? 

nented state, 
ike down this foe of God 
; in our next generation? 
Fathers, will you stop to 

ndition 3'our son may be 
Will you parents say, a 

think V 

some day by your 

often hear it said, "Wine is all right, so is whiskey; 

when I don't feel well I take a little bit, and in hot 

weather I use wine in water"? 

Listen! A little boy not long ago said, "Pa, 
what are you drinking?" "Wine to keep warm." 
" Why, pa, last summer you said you took wine to 
keep cool. That is so strange. Pa, I don't want 
such medicine, that makes cold and warm." The 
father thought over the talk and said, " Maybe I 

Jan. 21, 1899. 

THE gosi^exj aycESSEira-Eii. 


might be eating some grapes and set my children's 
teeth on edge. It was only in a temperate way." 
Ah! "Touch not, taste not, handle not." 

1 heard an old lady say that making wine and 
keeping it in our cellars where there are boys is like 
muzzling a mad dog's tail to prevent hydrophobia. 
The bite is on the other end. The only sure rem- 
edy is to kill the dog. So with wine. Don't have 
it about, but look after the boys. Take care of 
them and the men will take care of themselves. 
Then if our boys grow up and go astray it is not 
We have, as Christian mothers, done our 

our fault, 

A moth 
her sons, 

:r's prayers have a wonderful effect on 
I know it. They will never forget the 

of home. I often hear young men say 
what their mothers did. She is most around the 
children, and if her sons are av/ay how careful they 
are that mother doesn't hear of their sins. Some- 
times they lie awake nights thinking of mother's 
prayers. By and by they are fitted for Christians 
by what mother said. I say to all mothers, Be 
careful of your wine cellars. 
Mechanicsburg, Pa. 

ever been known was represented there. Lofty 
mountains capped with perpetual snow nestled near 
the valleys, majestic fountains and magnificent wa 
terfalls sparkled in the morning and evening sun. 
The little birds sang happily in the trees, undis- 
turbed by the fear of man. The nightingale did not 
grieve because his coat was plain, but sang the 
sweeter to atone for the lack of bright feathers. 
The little brooks among the hills did not sigh for 
" more of the world," did not try to ape the rushing, 
turbid river, but stopped on their way to water the 
flowers and bathe the little birds, and cheer and 
gladden all who might pass their way. And the 
rushing, burdened rivers complained not, though 
they maj' have wished for rest and quiet among the 
flowers on the green hillside. Sometimes great, 
dark, threatening clouds hid the sun and covered 
the beautiful sky, and the rain would come down in 
torrents and crush the little flowers to the earth, but 
they bore it patiently, and after the storm seemed 
brighter and fresher than before. There was noth- 
ing in all this happy place contrary to peace and 



" Rear ye one another's burdens and : 
Christ.' —Gat. 6: 2. 

There are many ways in which 
the burdens of our ministers. It i 
in clothing them or feeding them, 
very essential, yet there are other 
call attention to. You can help bear the burden: 
your preacher by being prompt and regular at all 
public services and by giving him when there your 
undivided attention. Do not go to sleep while he 
is trying to talk to you of the good tilings of the 
Lord, although he may not preai 
you have heard; he may not ha 
tages others have enjoyed. Though poor his efforts 
may be, let him see that you are interested in what 
he is telling you. When he makes a good point let 
him have the sanctioning nod; it will often buoy 
him up. 

I once heard a young minister say that when he 
first started in the work, it was a great burden to 
him. During one of his first efforts to preach, while 
in the stand, he just felt within himself that he 
would have to give it up; but in looking over the 
congregation he noticed one old faithful brother 
give him the sanctioning noi 
that at least 

with his efforts, and it i 
are little things, but they a 

o rulfill the law of 

we may help bear 

; not done merely 

While these are 

ways we wish to 


had the advan- 

But one day a lark i 
the sun " spied two in 
was heard to remark, 
diligently for the rule: 
;ult him and thus 

his upward flight " to mi 
n walking, and one of them 

We have searched long and 
of this place, that we might 
earn to rule our own houso- 

whose own home was luxurious. The deaf old 
woman who had been his father's servant sat grim 
and tearless by the side of the coffin. 

" Martha was faithful," whispered the doctor, 
" but she's deaf. I don't suppose she spoke to him 
once a week. His life was very solitary. The 
neighbors are young. He belonged to another gen- 

He reverently uncovered the coflin, and then, 
beckoning to Martha, went out and closed the door. 

The judge was alone with his dead. Strangely 
enough his thoughts were still of the cold barren- 
ness of the room. Those hack-cd wooden chairs 
were there when he was a boy. It would have been 
so easy for him to have made the house comfort- 
able—to have hung some pictures on the wall. 
How his father had delighted in his engravings and 
pored over them I 

Looking now into the kind old face, with the 
white hair hanging motionless on it, he found some- 
thing in it which he had never taken time to notice 
before— a sagacity, a nature fine and sensitive. He 
was the friend, the comrade whom he had needed 
so often, He had left him with deaf old Martha 
for his sole companion. 
There hung upon the wall the photograph of a 
ng man with an eager, strong face, looking 
The judge 

...^ 1 made him feel 

the congregation was pleased 
it gave him new zeal. These 
real helps' to your min- 
3ear brethren and sisters, let your preach- 
er know that you appreciate his efforts, and thereby 
you will help him to do better work. 

Another way to help your minister when he visits 
your homes is not to spend all the time telling him 
of your fine stock or good crops, but to talk to him 
about the Bible, look up some difficult passages of 
Scripture' and get his views on them. By 
you will get a better knowledge 
also help widen the sphere of 

Dear brethren and sisters do not forget your min- 
ister and his wife. Many of them are poor and can 
not have things as they would desi: 
will lighten their burden and make them 
trying to do better service in the future, 
neglect to pray for your preacher. "The 
fervent prayer of a righteous man availelh 
Grand Junction, Colo. 


of the Word, 


A little gift 
feel like 
Do not 

holds well. He is none other than God, the Creator 
of all things, who has written his law in the hearts 
of his creatures, and iff interpret it rightly it reads; 
Shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 
nd with all thy soul,' and with all thy mind. 
This is the first and great commandment. And the 
second is like unto it, Thou shall love thy neighbor 
as thyself.' Let us personate this love in our own 
lives and cultivate it in the lives of our children." 
Then they passed on out of hearing and the lark 
fell to the earth in a very ecstasy of song. 
Markle, Ind. 


The old farmer died suddenly, so that when 
Judge Gilroy, his only son, received the telegram he 
could do nothing but go up to the farm to the fu- 
neral. It was difficult to do even that, for the judge 

was the leading lawyer in X , and every hour 

meant dollars to him. 

As he sat with bent head in the grimy little tram 
that lumbered through the farms, he could not keep 
the details of his cases out of his mind. 

Yet bitter grief, he felt, was uncalled for. • He 
had been a good, respectful son. He had never 
given his father a heartache, and the old man had 
died full of years and virtues, " a shock of corn ful- 
ly ripe." The phrase pleased him; it seemed to 
close the story of his father's life, leaving room for 
rro regrets. 
The village doctor met him at the station, and 
i;ed up to the farmhouse togethi 
..._h to tell you," said the doctor gravely, 
your father's thoughts were all of you. He was ill 
but an hour, but his cry was for 'John! John!' un- 

■■ If I could have been with him! " said the judge. 

" He was greatly disappointed that you missed 

yiiur half-yearly visit last spring. Your visits^ were 

the events of his life. There were no others," said 

the doctor. 

" Last spring? Oh, yes; I took my family to Cal- 

" I urged him," said the doctor, " to run down to 
see you on your return, but he would not go." 
"No; he never felt at home in the city." 
The judge remembered that he had not asked his 
father to come down. The old gentleman did not 
fit into the life of his family, who were modern and 
also fashionable. Ted was ashamed of his grand- 

high part in 
,s more prom- 

unt bo 

dly at a chubby boy on his knee 
saw the strength in his face. 

" My father should have played a 
life," he thought. " In his face there i 
ise than in mine." 

In the desk was a bundle of old a 
which showed the part he had played. Records of 
years of hard drudgery on the farm, of work in win- 
ter and summer, and often late at night to pay 
John's school bills and to send John to Harvard. 
One patch of ground after another was sold to keep 
John while he waited for practice; to give him 
clothes and lu.xuries which other young men in 
town had, until but a meagre portion of the ground 
was left. 

John Gilroy suddenly closed the book. " And 

this was the end," he said. " The boy for whom he 

lived and worked won fortune and position— and 

how did he repay him?" The man kneft on the 

bare floor and shed bitter tears on the quiet old 

face. If he would come back! It would be so easy 

to make a little home for him in the city, to go to 

I every day with gossip of his cases, or to take 

1 to hear music, or to see noted men— to make 

life happy and full! So easy! 

O father! father! " he cried. But there was no 

le on the quiet face. He was too late.— -S'l/. 


' that 

he earth 

HY grace burket. 

was once a beautiful spot on the face 
on which nature seemed to have bestowec 
most precious gifts. Every fragrant flow 
useful or "laceful tree, every bird that ha 


s solicited lor tills De( 

r adveftlslng columns a0ot(i ample 


lide collars; 
vied whe 

" Portuguese Hymi 
mored his children, 
into his house. 

The farmhouse was 
clean; but its bareness gave 

nd Jesse, who was a fine 
she was asked to sing 
every night. The judge 
d had ceased to ask his fa 



and scrupulously 
:hill to the judge, 

Des Moines City Mission, Iowa. 

Fourteen months have gone by since we began 
our work in this city, but the problem remains un- 
solved regarding church work by our people in cit- 
ies We feel no inclination to give up the effort 
yet and expect to continue to apply the " try rule " 
a while longer. Our prospects are brighter than a 
year ago. Six active young members have been add- 
ed to our number this fall. We now have five Mt 
Morris students to help us in our work, and wish 
Mt. Morris would furnish us a score more if they 
have them to spare. We now have thirty-eight mem- 
bers living in the city and holding 
ship here. We have a full lot, 
a parsonage, and have it paid for. Our average 
attendance at Sunday school last quarter was sixty- 
six' average attendance at children's meeting each 
Sunday evening about twice that; average attend- 
ance at prayer meeting about thirty-five. Membet. 
who are thinking of moving to town, to retire from 
nto business, will receive a wel- 

churchhouse 42x34, 

business, ( 
come in o 

• to go 
r capi 




Jan. 21, i8 

The Mission Board met here at the mission the 
day before Christmas. Steps were taken to keep 
our tent in use during the summer months. The 
ministers of the Distriet during their winter work 
will not forget to look up favorable places, where 
there is no churchhouse, and where the tent may be 
used. Address the writer at 1636 East Grand Ave- 
nue. H. R. Taylor. 

No doubt you remember that the District Meet- 
ing of 1897 requested that each Sunday school of 
Northwestern Ohio submit a report of their school 
to the District Sunday school Secretary every six 
months. Said secretary is to make a full report to 
District Meeting. Last year several schools failed 
to report. Thus far this year we have received 
report from only one school and therefore we have 
been advised to place this notice in the Messenger. 
We trust that each Sunday school will take note of 
this and act accordingly, that we may come up to 
District Meeting, fully prepared to make a general 
report of our Sunday schools that will be encourag- 
ing and edifying to all. 

David Byekly, S. S. Sec. 

/,ww, Ohio. ^ 

A Word from a Former Contributor. 

The year i8g8 is now gone. To many, no doubt, 
it was a joyous and good year. No year is really 
bad in itself. Time is onl)' bad, so to speak, as we 
make it so. If we could only rightly adjust our- 
selves to time and the providences of God, as we 
ought to do, every year would be a good year. 

We just said the year 1898 is now gone. To the 
writer it was a year of dark days, owing to a long 
siege of insomnia and nervous prostration, and yet 
our condition was not so bad but what it might have 
been worse. And is it not thus in all cases? But 
how little we regard our dark days in just that light! 
We ought to. It is Christian so to do. 

Hardly had the writer time to rightly recover 
from his long siege of affliction, when, on the night 
of Sept. 27, last, his dear wife .accidentally fell 
down the back stairwa)- in the house and broke her 
right arm at four different places, and though all is 
being done that medical and surgical skill can do to 
restore the arm, yet such a possibility is only to be 
expected from the Divine Surgeon, and to him we 
look for the much desired blessing. Brethren, pray 
for us. J. T. Myers. 

Oaks, Pn.Jan.j. 

and while in great want of help, we found them Sa- 
maritans, Luke 10; 33-35. Matt. 25: 34-45 seems 
to have a deeper meaning than ever before. 

S. O. Larkins. 
y20 Euclid Ai>ctmc. 

From Bulsar, Ind.* 

From the Woodberry Church, Baltimore, Md. 

Through the kindness and generosity of the 
members of the Meadow Branch congregation we 
have been able to secure a meetinghouse in a very 
desirable locality for the Woodberry members. A 
branch line of Baltimore Consolidated Street Rail- 
way passes in front of the door, and another line 
runs within one square. The house has a basement 
under the whole, which will be very convenient on 
love feast occasions. 

We feel deeply indebted and grateful to brethren 
Ezra Bish and Uriah Bixler (the latter our elder) 
for their special efforts in bringing about this desir- 
able result. Our members subscribed nearly one 
thousand dollars. This speaks well for them, as 
every one has to earn his living by working by the 
day or month. We regret very much in not being 
able to get possession before next June, as the con- 
gregation from whom the purchase was made is not 
able to complete their new building. We think 
that we were e.\ceedingly fortunate in securing this 
location, as it is a corner lot and the open property 
east belongs to the city, and is used for reservoir 
purposes. It is in a thickly-settled part of the city. 

The closing days of the old year were days of 
an.xiety and concern in our home on account of the 
serious illness of my wife and daughter, but thanks 
be to the good Lord they arc both with us yet. As 
nearly all the residents around us were Catholics, 
we felt somewhat isolated, but during our sickness 

— Since our last notes our cold season has come. 
Nights now are quite cool, but days are still hot. 

— Bro. W. B. Stover has been going out into the 
surrounding villages during the last two weeks. 
He takes a day out and a day at home. This is the 
season to work if we were only ready to, help, but 
we must await the further acquisition of the lan- 

— Sister Ryan is now doing some teaching in the 
Orphanage, assisted by a Miss Kemp and a native 

— During the past week we have been without a 
teacher on account of the " Devali holidays." This 
is the close of the Hindoo old year and the begin- 
ning of the new. It was celebrated with a great 
display of fireworks, like our Fourth of July. 

—When this reaches our readers the New Year of 
our era will be here. We wish you all a happy year 
in the work of the Blessed Master. 

— Brother and Sister Forney, wife and I go to 
Bombay this evening, expecting to spend a few 
days and hear Dr. Fairburn, of Mansfield College, 
Oxford, deliver the Haskell lectures for this year. 

— Ere this reaches you we will have spent one 
year in this dark land. Our hope and prayer is that 
we may be used of the Lord for this benighted peo- 
ple. S. N. McCann. 

Nov. iS. 

inadvertently delayed by I 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

" As cold w 

a thirsty soul, so is good u 



Montgomery.— Our quarterly council was held J; 
business before the meeting was disposed of in a Christian 
manner. We appointed April 2 to reorganize our Sunday 
school.— ;A; a. Fyock, Hillsdale, Pa., Jan. lo. 

Clover Creek— Bro. L. T. Holsinger, of North Manchester, 

Ind., is booked for a series of meetings in the Martinsburg 

meetinghouse, to begin Jan. 21. From there he will go to the 

Smithfield house.—/. G. Mock, Martinsburg, Pa., Jan. 10. 

Philadelphia.— We held our quarterly meeting last Monday 

'ening. Elders J. 2. Golwalls and A. L. Grater were with 

i. Bro. J. W. Cline was advanced to the second degree of 

e ministry. Several have been baptized recently. Bro. C. 

C. Ellis, of Huntingdon, will aid us in a series of meetings in 

February.- r. T. Myers, Jan. 7. 

Norrlstown.— Two applicants were baptized at this place 
on Christmas day by Bro. W. M. Howe. During the past year 
the regular services were well attended, especially our Sun- 
ng prayer meetings. We would like to see an in- 

reased attcndanc' 
ur Superintenden 
Elk Lick.-Our 

Sunday school. Hro. J. Howard Ellis is 
ico. /?. Detwiler, 714 Kohn Street, Nor- 

rred Jan. 7. Eld. S. F. Sanger 
over tne meetmg. hie also delivered two able ser- 
le with us. Our council was well attended and the 
before the meeting disposed of very pleasantly. 
Brethren James Maust and Emanuel Yoder were elected to 
the office of deacon. We have services every Sunday, and 
singing every Sunday evening. Our Sunday schoolis inter- 
estmg, and attendance good.— Ca^r/V N. Beachy,Jan. 10. 

New Enterprise.- We do not have much church news to 
report this winter from our congregation. The prospective 
ting at this place was postponed indefinitely on account of 
Id form of smallpox in many parts of the County. There 
10 cases in the " Cove " yet, but there were several in a dis- 
part of the congregation. There have been no deaths. 
Ample time for reading is afforded during the long winter ev- 
ngs. Our Reading Circle ought to be able to report well 
~E. A. RepiogU,Jan. 10. 
Back Creek— Our Sunday school closed its year's work Jan. 
with an interesting children's meeting. At the close of the 
Scripture recitations. Eld. D. M. Zuck gave an instructive 
The Bible as a Chart." The writer concluded the 
i^ith a talk on " Little Things." The collections tak- 
up during the last quarter, for missions, amounted to about 
four dollars. Our third annual Bible term, which began Jan. 
attended. The interest in Bible study is growing 
among us, and there is a strong desire to have the Bible terms 
mtinue. We have partly arranged for another one the 
ng year. Since our last report one was received by bap- 

-J. Ku 

: Miller. Ja. 

HarrJsburg.— We have appointed Jan. 2g as the date of our 
Communion. This will be the first Communion ever held in 
Harrisburg by the Brethren. We are moving along slowly, 
but rather pleasantly on the whole. We have received four 
into the fold since our arrival.-/. M. Mohler, 43Q Walnut 
Street, Jan. Q. 

Lower Cumberland.— Bro. Albert Hollinger, of Washing- 
ton, D. C. is to hold a series of meetings at the Baker meet- 
inghouse, commencing Jan. 15. Bro. Henry Beelman, of 
Dillsburg. Pa., will hold a series of meetings at Black Rock, 
Pa., commencing Jan. 14. Bro. Jacob Richard, of Lewistown. 
Pa., while visiting friends here, preached two very interesting 
sermons.— W. M. Hollinger, Allen. Pa., Jan. g. 

Conestoga.^Bro. J. M. Mohler, of Harrisburg, has just 
closed a series of meetings with us. He preached sevejiteen 
sermons at Eby's meetinghouse, and six in a hall at Browns- 
town. Two made the good confession, and one was reclaimed. 
We met i" quarterly council Dec. 26, with Bro. H. E. Light as 
moderator. Bro. Martin Ebersole was called to the office of 
deacon. Bro. Abraham Royer was elected Superintendent of 
our Sunday school at Bareville. Much time was spent in dis- 
cussing methods of collecting "poor" funds. We should be 
pleased to hear this subject discussed through the Messen- 
ger.— Zjrs/V Myer, Bareville, Pa., Jan. q. 


Fairview — Our council occurred Jan. 7. A sister was re- 

;ived by X^W^x. —Elbert Hy Hon, Olathe. Mo., Jan. jo. 

Osceola — We met in council Jan. 7. All business was dis- 
posed of in a Christian manner. We also had services in the 
forenoonof Sunday. Jan. 8, by Bro. T. J. Simmons.— >fl;/a// 

Fairview — During 1898 this church received by baptism 
twelve members, held two series of meetings, ordained one 
elder, restored one sister. Bro. Ben Hylton gave us a good 
sermon last Sunday at the Mint Spring schoolhouse.— A'ahhiV 
Harman, Denlow, Mo., Jan. 7. 

Olathe.— The members of the Fairview church. Mo., met in 
council meeting Jan. 7. Considerable business came before 
the church. We met again at night for prayer meeting and 
preaching. Next forenoon we had preaching by our home 
ministers. Lissie Robertson, Jan. 12. 

Waconda.— We met Jan. \ for worship in our new church- 
Ihe dedicatory sermon was preached by Bro. J, E. 

Ellenbergef. It was the fin 

;had i 

. congrega- 

tional capacity for some time, and, I think, was appreciated 
by all. We will have regular meeting the second and fourth 
Sundays from now oi\.~E>/ima Fan Trump, Hardin, Mo 
Ja7i. 6. 

Kidder.— We held our quarterly council Jan. 7. Bro. Wm, 
Hipes presided. Everything passed off pleasantly. One was 
received by letter and two letters were granted. Our Sunday 
school was reorganized. Bro. David Bueghly was again 
chosen as Superintendent, and Bro. Henry Etter as Assistant. 
We continue our Sunday school all the year, Those schools 
that have closed are missing a number of very good lessons.— 
Sarah E. Bueghly, Hamilton, Mo., Jan. p. 

Mound — Dec. 31 we met in regular council. Considerable 
business came before the meeting. Two letters of member- 
ship were granted. Our missionary collection was SS.37. An 
effort is being made by the Middle District of Missouri to lo- 
cate a ministering brother at a mission point north of the Mis- 
souri River. A solicitor was appointed to look after the work 
at this place. We decided to use " Gospel Songs and Hymns 
No. 1 " in our Sunday school. Mollie Lentz, Adrian, Mo., 
Jnn. /. 

Bartville.- 1 spent Christmas with the East Paradise Prairie 
church, Okia, The Brethren there have a good, commodious 
churchhouse, where, they have an evergreen Sunday school. 
We had the pleasure of hearing two well-delivered sermons 
by Bro. Jacob Appleman. There is a good country around 
Clarkson. and the Brethren there are anxious to have "our 
members settle among them. Those wariting further informa- 
tion should address J. H. Cox, Clarkson, Okla.— /. B. Ninin- 


Little Walnut — Our elder. Bro. W. R. Harshbarger. came 
to us Dec. 17 and preached nine telling sermons. His stay 
was too short.- 1^. Lawter, Clinton Falls, Ind., Jan. 6. 

Beaver Creek.— Our series of meetings, conducted by Bro. 
Aaron Moss, is now in progress. We are trying to do our 
part, knowing God's promises are sure and steadfast.— /^w. E. 
White, Jan. 8. 

Mexico.— Sister Ella Miller, of Nappanee. Ind., is conduct- 
ing a very successful singing class at this place. Bro. Isaac 
Frantz, of Ohio, will commence a series of meetings at this 
place Jan. J4.— ZaHw Looyire.Jati. ro. 

Butler — Bro. John Killian, of the Little St. Joe church, 
came to Cedar Lake Dec. 18, and held a very interesting se- 
ries of meetings. He had large congregations, and splendid 
attention was given him. — Cora Draggoo,Jan. 7. 

Sugar Creek.— Bro. Daniel Snell, of Sidney. Ind.. began a 
series of meetings at this place on the evening of Dec. 15 and 
continued each evening until Jan. 3. We also had eight day 
meetings. Part of the time we had disagreeable weather, yet 
we had a fair attendance and good attention and interest. 
Bro. Daniel preached twenty-eight inspiring sermons. He al- 
so conducted two children's meetings, which were very inter- 
esting. Th^ church was much built up and two were \iz.^- 
i\zcA.— David l^rcid^r, /an. 4. 

a?i3:33 C3-os^3]Ij 3sd:ESSE3^a-:EiKy. 

lid lire 

Eel River. — Jan. i we organized our Sunday school 
new church, with Bro. John Harp as Superinteniie 
lerotne Isenbarger as Assistant. The Brethren 
will be used. Last Sunday we had singing at the same place, 
with Bro. Jerome Isenbarger as teacher. We will probably 
t;ive singing once a week.— C. C. Arnold, Jan'. lo. 

St. Joseph.— Dec. 26 Bro. Eli Roose came to us and 
ched each evening until Jan. 8. The attendance was 
; the weather. Some lasting impressions were 
made. He was with us at our quarterly church meeting. 
Last Sunday Bro. David Cripe filled the appointment at the 
County house.— t". Smith, Sottlh Bend. Ind.,Jan. 10. 

Elkhart.— We met in council on the evening of Jan. 5 with 
brethren I. D. Parker and A. H. Pulerbaugh present. The 
latter presided over the meeting, which closed at 9: 20 P. M. 
We were made to feel that the spirit of Christ was with us. 
We reorganised our Sunday school, electing Sister Mina Par- 
ker, Superintendent, and A. C. Kindy, Assistant.- S. C. Kindy, 
Jan. 6. 

Hollywood. — We just closed one week's series of meetings 
at Hollywood, Ala. The interest was good. Some are not far 
from the kingdom. We have eight members in and about 
Hollywood. Eld. E. J. Nehcr is their resident minister. I 
hope thai they may have a church organized in the near fu- 
ture, and a house of worship built, for which the ground has 
been offered.- 5(7«m«'/ Ncher, Petroleum, !nd.,Jan.j. 
Parsons. — At last a suitable house of worship has been ded- 
icated in the west part of town. The writer had the pleasure 
of attending a Sunday school meeting that convened just prior 
to the Annual Meeting, and was delighted to hear cheering 
words from earnest workers. The church that devotes itself 
to such a task is bound to prosper. Many strangers who nev- 
er heard much of the Brethren, their doctrine, etc., were favor- 
ably impressed.— 5^«/ F, Brings, Jan. 12. 

Meriden.— The Mistion Board of the Northeastern District 
of Kansas met in regular session at Lawrence, Jan. 3. Among 
other things considered was the Kansas City meetinghouse. 
They yet lack two hundred dollars to complete the house, and 
it will take two hundred dollars to furnish it. The house, lot, 
outbuildings and brick pavement in front, will cost fifteen 
hundred dollars. There has been raised for this work thir- 
teen hundred dollars. It will therefore take two hundred 
dollars yet to complete the house. There are some that 
have subscribed for this purpose that have not paid. All 
such, and others that wish to contribute to this work, will 
please send the same to Sister Fannie H. Keim, goo Pacific 
Avenue, Kansas City. Kans. This is a good work and is very 
much needed in Kansas City. Our District evangelist is do- 
ing a good work. Thus far this year he has baptized fif- 
teen, and there is one applicant for baptism. Our prayer 
is that every Christian may become interested in the mission 
work.—/. ^K Mosier, Sec, Jan. 10, 

Burr Oak.— Christmas day closed another successful quar- 
ter of our Sunday school. In the afternoon we had children's 
meeting. We reorganized our school by electing Bro. Smith, 
Superintendent, and Bro. Colony, Assistant. All officers were 
elected by ballot. We use the Brethren's literature. Yester- 
day, at the close of our exercises, another dear young brother, 
a member of our Sunday school, came forward to be received 
into the church. -Emma J. Modlin,Jan. 2. 

Parsons.— The members of the Parsons church met in quar- 
terly council Dec. 31. Our elder, Bro. M. O. Hodgden, was 
present and presided over the meeting. Some very important 
business was attended to. We decided to have preaching ev- 
ery Lord's Day. Bro. E. M. Wolfe, of Monmouth, Kans., 
preaches the second, and Bro. C. S. Garber, of Redfield, Kans., 
the fourth Sunday. Bro. C. H. Newton was chosen to the 
ministry.— H^?«. T. Pratt, 2216 Clark Ave., Jan. g. 
Wyandot.— Bro. A. L Heestand came to us Dec. 17, to hold 
a series of meetings, which he continued until New Year's ev- 
ening^. He labored earnestly for Zion's upbuilding.— ^/wr/j/ 
Biixldn, Seal, Ohio, Jan. 10. 

Wolf Creek.— Bro. Calvin McNelly, of Mt. Morris, was with 
us during the holidays, and preached five stirring sermons at 
different points. Bro. Henry Baker came Dec. 27 and 
preached fifteen sermons, closing on the evening of Jan. 8.— 
John Calvin Bright, New Lebanon, Ohio, Jan. g. 

Rome.— After Bro. C. L. Wilkins closed his meetings at our 
Oak Grove house, in this congregation, he came lo our Pleas- 
ant Grove house on Christmas evening and preached each ev- 
ening till Jan. 3. We believe that the words spoken are as 
bread cast upon the waters.— /ci^/A Robison, Carey. Ohio, Jan. 

CIrcIeville.— Dec. 25 a series of meetings was begun by Bro. 
Wiley Dolby, of jeffersonville, in their new churchhouse. 
Dec. 31, in company with Sister Carter and Bro. Kelley, the 
writer attended the love feast with our colored members. 
We felt it was good to be there. Bro. Jas. H. May officiated. 
The meetings closed on New Year's Day.— /. C.Jones. Mtissel- 

Forgy. — I was permitted to read aTl of the fifty-two num- 
bers of Gospel Messenger of 1898. and have just finished 
reading No. i of iSqg. How I do appreciate our church pa- 
per! Who would do without it? i8q8 is gone. Did we all do 
our best? What is done is done forever. God will judge us 
all. Let every brother and sister of our dear Brotherhood re- 
solve that i8q9 shall be the year in which we have done more 
for the advancement of God's kingdom than ni any year of 
our lives. — Henry Frants.Jan. p. 

Yellow Creek.— Our meetings have built up the cause here. 
Bro. Delp labored earnestly, and his labors are appreciated.— 
D. J. Blocher, Pearl City, III., Jan. 12. 

Hadley Creek.—Brethren G. W. Cripe and Wm. Bingaman 
came to our place Dec. ig, and stayed until Dec. 30. Bro. 
Bingaman's time was spent in preaching, lecturing, and show- 
ing pictures of Bible Lands. The roads were bad but we had 
good attendance. All seem to-be benefited.— iV/r^. Blisa Ren- 
tier, Barry. III., Jan. 8. 

Lamotte.— We held our council Dec. 31. At this meeting 
it was decided to accept the Sunday-School and Ministerial 
Meetings in connection with the District Meeting. We also 
decided to hold a series of meetings during the winter. Our 
Sunday school is progressing nicely. During the holidays a 
bo.\ of eatables was sent to the missionaries in Chicago, by 
the school, to be distributed among the poor. — Gertie Stoner, 
Hutsonville. I II., Jan. 10. 

Lexington.— Jan. 8 we dedicated the Olive Branch church, 

newly erected. It is in the Hudson congregation, about four 

miles west of Lexington, 111. Eld. S. Bucklew conducted the 

dedicatory services. An interesting discourse was delivered 

to the large audience that had gathered to witness the occa- 

m. The work of the Brethren is new in this section of the 

untry, but the prospects for advancing the cause here are 

couraging. Eld. Bucklew is now engaged in a series of 

meetings at this place, and is preaching some excellent ser- 



Nokesvllle. -The Brentsville Bible Term closed yesterday. 
It was a success. Brethren S. H. Hertzler, C. D. Bonsack, W. 
M. Wineand A. HnUinger gave efficient Bible instruction.— 
G. N. Beahm, Brentsville, Va.,Jan. t.f. 

Staunton.— During the past month we received a box of 
clothing and S27.76 for the work here. The box of clothing 
was sent by the Mill Creek Aid Society, Va. The money was 
given by members in Virginia and Nebraska. Christmas day 
brethren E. D. Kendig and A. Early addressed the Sunday 
school. At the close of the exercises we took up a special of- 
fering for the Lord, and received $4.45, an order for a load of 
wood, some flour and meat. Some other things were brought 
and given to the needy. U was our privilege to spend the 
holiday week at home. Our sister, who was sick, was improv- 
ing slowly when we left. While there we had the pleasure of 
attending the Sewing Circle in Northwest Baltimore. They 
have an interesting work. The children seem anxious to 
learn, but their means to conduct the work are rather limited. 
Those who have ought to give; they will be blessed so much 
more. On our way home we spent the night and part of a day 
with Sister Click, in Washington, and while there we attended 
prayer meeting at one of the members' houses. We decided 
at Sunday school yesterday to adopt " Gospel Songs and 
Hymns, No. I." Our elder, Bro. Wenger, was with us yester- 
day and gave us two very interesting sermons. — C. I'emfiie 
Saii&le.Jan. 9. 

Frultdale. — The weather has been quite gloomy for some 
time. Sunday was quite a busy day for workers in the Mas- 
ter's vineyard, Sunday school at to, and preaching at eleven 
by Bro. Jas. M. Neff. In the evening Bro. Bilheimer gave us a 
drill on vocal music, after which Bro. Neft once more ad- 
dressed us.— A. D. Stutsman, Jan. g. 

Frultdale.- Bro. Moses Brubaker and wife, arrived from 
Girard, 111., this week, and expect to spend the winter in this 
part of the South. Bro. A. D. Slutzman, from the same place, 
expects to cast his lot with us in a few days Sister Mary 

Thomas.— The membi 
just closed a very intere: 

of the 

luncil Dec. 
Leedy, of 

, Ohio. Jan. 7. 

til Ja 

Palestine.— Bro. Sharp, of Cosmos, Ohio, began 
meetings at Fort Jefferson Dec. 24. and continued 
The attendance was good and the meetings interesting. At 
our council, Dec. 22. our sobcitors reported S16.30 for general 
missions and S8.80 for home missions. Brethren Noah Baker 
and Andrew Miller were appointed agents for the Messen- 
ger, Two were received by baptism quite recently.— i?a«/V/ 
Bailsman, Baker, Ohio, Jan. 7. 

f the Mound Valley church have 
series of meetings of ten days' 
duration. Five await baptism.— A'^. S, Gripe, Jan. 10. 

Syria.— Eld. Geo. E. Studebaker recently gave us a few in- 
teresting meetings and al^ looked after the interest of our 
congregation. We enjoyed the meetings very much. We ex- 
pect the return of Bro. Studebaker the last of February, to 
hold a council and arrange for a love feast, if possible.— 7. E. 
Salt; Jan. 7. 

Cushing.— We began our labors in mission work on the last 
day of the old year. We made a trip of 170 miles, to assist in 
some church work, but our plans are being interfered with on 
account of the smallpox scare. The places to which we in- 
tended to go are quarantined. If people were as afraid of 
sin as they are of smallpox, we would surely have better peo- 
ple. Our home church decided to have a series of meetings, 
commencing Jan. 13, to be conducted by the 
congregation.— W. IV. Austin, Jan. g. 

Mound Valley.— This church met in quarterly c 
31, with Eld. S. N. Gripe, moderator. Bro. Amo 
Laplace, III., was present and assisted. Considerable busi- 
ness came before the meeting and was disposed of in a Chris- 
tian spirit. We accepted Bro. A. W. Austin's resignation as 
elder, and chose Eld. S. N. Gripe in his stead. Bro. Gripe is 
located here and his labors are greatly appreciated. We 
adopted "Gospel Songs and Hymns No. i " as our song book. 
Four were added to the church by letter. Brethren S. N. 
Gripe and Amos Leedy closed a series of meetings Jan. 5, with 
five applicants for baptism.— ^;//m L. Herren, Thomas, Okla., 


Oak Grove.— We met in regular council Jan. 7. A clerk, 
board of solicitors for the year 1899 
G\ected.—Saf>iM^l Borough, North Liberty, Iowa, Jan. 7. 
Mt. Etna.— Our regular monthly church council occurred 
to-day, with Eld. S. Morton as Moderator. Love and zeal 
were the leading motives. We decided upon a new plan to 
supply the treasury, and will' report later on how it works. 
We have a prosperous, evergreen Sunday school, and preach- 
ing usually twice each Sunday.— /i. Thomas. Jan. 7. 

. — We closed our series of meetings on the ev- 
23, conducted by Bro. W. H. Long, of Garrison, 
Uerest and attendance were good, considering 
I have been informed that there are four appli- 
the weather will permit. We 
contemplate building a new meetinghouse in the early spring. 
—J.J. Broiuer, Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 7. 

Kingsley.— Jan. 5 we closed a ten days' Bible Term, con- 
ducted by Bro. A. P. Blough, of South Waterloo, and Bro. J. 
E. Rolston, of Sheldon. It was attended by the greater part 
of our own members, and by several from adjoining churches. 
Only a few of those in attendance had attended anything of 
the kind before, and it was highly appreciated and enjoyed by 
all. Brethren Blough and Rolston also preached for us each 
evening during the Ktxm.— Annie Nicodemus.Jan. 10. 


Talent.— We held our quarterly council Dec. 31. Bro. Dav- 
id Brower presided. Much business came before the meeting. 
One member was added by letter and one dismissed. We 
elected the usual church officers: clerk, 
corresponding secretary, etc.— Zimra IVebster, Jc 

Raife, from Hag 
son, Bro. Josiah Spt 
of here. The Lord 



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melle, twenty-two 1 
1 bless us all.— /n7«( 

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iles south 
M. NeJT, 

Egan. — We met in 
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Iowa Rive 

ening of Dec 
Iowa. The 
the weather. 

for baptis 


quarterly council Dec. 31. One letter 
received by letter and one by baptism 
Our Communion will be Feb. 24, at 4 P- 
igs wilt commence on Saturday before 
our Communion.— t;. W. Priser, Hemet. Cal.. Jan. 3. 

Bangor.— Eld. G, W. Hoxie, of Oregon, stopped here on 
his way to Los Angeles, and preached during the first week in 
December. He helped to organize a church, known as the 
Frultdale church. We elected Bro. Bentson Myers to the 
ministry. Any brethren wishing to change their location are 
invited to correspond with MS.—jVfrs. Alice Myers, Jan. ^. 

Washington.— Bro, S. H. Hertzler gave us two Interesting 
sermons on h-.s way to the Bible class at Brentsville, Va. One 
was added to the family of God Jan. 10, and others are count- 
ing the cost.—Martha Click. 20$ B Street, N. E., Jan. 11. 

Washington.— Another was added to our number to-day by 
baptism. Others are near the kingdom. The attendance at 
our services is also increasing. A series of meetings (had we 
a place to hold meetings) would greatly aid in the work. We 
are still watting for the promised church building.— ///(^rr/ 
Hollinger,34Q Eleventh Street, S. E.,Jan. tt. 

Oysterville.— I arrived at home Dec. 24, accompanied by 
elders J. N. Gwin and G.C.Carl, who remained with us one 
week, and preached six soul-cheering sermons. Dec. 29 we 
held our council, at which Bro. M. E. Andrews was advanced 
to the second degree of the mmistry. We are glad lo see the 
Brethren from the East locating in this State. There is room 
for many more. Wife and I expect to start to Klickitat 
County, Wash., Jan. 10, to remain for some time, holding 
meetings.—/. U. G. Sliverson.Jan.j. 

St. Francis We held our last quarterly council on Thurs- 
day before New Year. We had a good meeting. We elected 
Sunday school officers for the next six months. The writer 
was reelected Superintendent and Bro. D. L. Burns, Assistant. 
Three were received by letter and five letters were granted. 
The building committee handed in their report and were re- 
lieved of further duty. Our churchhouse cost $443- We have 
a good building. We also appointed a solicitor to collect funds 
for church purposes.-/. C. Osborn, Palestine, Ark., Jan. 13. 

Worthington.— The church, here Is still in a prosperous 
condition. One young man was baptized on New Year's day. 
He came twenty-five miles to be baptized. It was a very 
cold day, but he faltered not. One more was added by letter 
also We reorganized our Sunday school with Bro. Frank 
Williams as Superintendent. Bro. C. S. Hilary 
meetings at Aurelia, Iowa, Jan. %.-Li2sie Hilary, Ja) 


Eglon.-We began a series of meetings in the wesi 
of the Cheat River congregation, near Rodamers 
Dec. 24, and continued till the evening of Jan. I. 
buried with Christ in baptism. Two applicants i 
celved \2.\.tx.—0bed Hamsteadjan. 7. 

Three ' 


Jan. 21, i8 


From the Pleasant Valley Church, Ind. 

Our Bible school and protracted effort com 
meuced Dec. 23. The school lasted eigh 
days. The meetings continued for about twt 
weeks. Bro. Edson Ulery, of North Maiiches. 
ter, had charge of the Bible school, while Bro 
J. W. Rairigh, of Muucie, Ind., did the preach' 
ing in the evening. Our meetings closed Jan 
4, with a small attendance, owing to the in- 
clemency of the weather. The brethren im- 
pressed the great necessity of learning more oi 
the blessed Word of God. We had an inter- 
esting school and we think that much good 
will eventually result therefrom. All churchi 
should have these schools to inspire a deepi 
interest in Bible study. L. E. WiiAVEu. 

mddUbmy, Ind., Jan. I. 

The Sunday School Committee for this Dis- 
trict desires the names of all the superintend- 
ents and Sunday school workers, together with 
the nair.e of the church and Sunday school 
with which they are connected. The Commit- 
teL' desirc-s this, to help in arranging the pro- 
gram nf tht- next annual convention. The eld- 
er or supcrinloiidunt will please attend to this 
at once : ;dso pkase state if the school you rep- 
resent Continues throughout the whole year or 
not. John R. Snydeu, Sec. of Com. 

Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

The Mission Board of the above-named Dis- 
trict held its regular quarterly session Jan. 2, 
in Mt. Morris. The fervent desires of the 
mission workers, that the Board might have a 
good meeting, were appreciated, and we be- 
lieve your prayers in our behalf, dear brethren, 
were answered, for we did have an excellent 
meeting. We regretted, however, that one of 
our number was not permitted to be with us. 

Encouraging words continue to come from 
the workers in the District. Souls are being 
added to the fold, and many are inquiring for 
the " good old paths." The missionary cojjies 
of the MiiSSENGER are being appreciated. 
From a remote part of the District comes the 
word, " It is the best paper we have ever read." 
In another section a number have subscribed 
for 1899, and one of the number was added to 
the church by baptism. 

1 trust that all District Secretaries are avail- 
ing themselves of the grand opportunity of se- 
curing tlie twenty-five copies for their respect- 
ive Districts. 

('also hope that all have carefully read the 
articles on "District Mission Boards." To me 
they are helpful and nmch appreciated, com- 
ing, as they do, from the pen of one whose ex- 
perience is strengthened by years of observa- 
tion and labor. C. H. Hawheolek. 

Franklin Grove, III. 

From the Northwest Baltimore nission. 

During October, November and December 
we received £116.75 '» the Home Mission 
Fund for the Baltimore City church lot and 

A sister who realized our need of a house of 
worship handed us an envelope last week with 
the foltowiug written thereon; " From a sister, 
for your church." When we opened the envel- 
ope and found 5.100 therein, we thanked God 
and took courage, as we have oftlimcs done 
before when smaller donations were received. 

Nov. 27 a sister from the country, visiting 
our mission, handed us §3.35. stating, "After 
seeing how you were crowded ip this little hall 
on my first visit, I concluded to help you by 
telhng others how you are situated and asking 
them to give something toward building a 
church in Northwest Baltimore Mission." 

Our Sunday school moves on with increasing 
prospects. Though the attendance during the 
last quarter of 1898 was a little less than the 
first quarter, we do not feel disheartened in the 
least, as the decrease was due to sickness, 
grippe, and want of room. Owing to the latter 
cause our missionary made no effort to gather 
in new scholars for the past few quarters. 
Thus a grand work is being retarded for want 
of means. 

The Wednesday night Bible class held fifty- 
two regular meetings, which included a very 
profitable study on the books of the New Tes- 

The Sunday night prayer meeting was un- 
usually interesting, though often omitted for 
preaching services when a minister was pres- 

It is very gratifying to note the success 1 
sisters are making witli their Friday afternt 
sewing circle. 

We wish to acknowledge our appreciat 
and thankfulness to all who have sent gifts of 
love for the volunteer mission work, and foi 
the Home Mission Fund. 

Two have been received by letter and th( 
little flock has been greatly strengthened dur 
ing the year. We have enjoyed many soul 
cheering meetings and were richly fed by good 
sermons from God's table (the Bible). 

J. S. Geiser, 

lOoy Edmondson Ave. 

Baltimore, Md., Jan. 5. 

From the Field. 

As previously reported I met with the n 
hers of the Big Swatara church, Pa., and 
ducted meetings for them at Linglestown 
two weeks. One confessed Christ. 

1 next met with the Lower Cumberland 
church, at Hogestown, a point somewhat to 
one side of the church. The meetings began 
Dec. 4 and continued for three wteks. The 
meetings were well attended and excellent at- 
tention was given to the Word preached. Sev- 
en were added to the church by baptism. One 
applicant will be received in the near future, 
singing was inspiring indeed and we 
much enjoyed our stay with the Brethren of 
the Lower Cumberland church. 

We also made a short visit to friends living 
n the Mingo church, Pa., and preached once 
for them on Christmas eve. Bro. Rairigh. of 
Maryland, is conducting meetings for them 

om here 1 went to Reading, Pa., and 
preached once for them. I was much pleased 
to see them so zealous in the work of the church, 
which speaks volumes in their favor. I arrived 
home safely Dec. 2g, after an absence of six 
weeks, and found all well. 

Otterbein, Ohio, Dec. jl. 



The Ireasiny of ReUsiom Thought for Jan- 
ary, 1899, begins the new year with a fine ar- 
ray of contributors, especially in the depart- 
of Sermons and Outlines of Sermons, 
Chester D. Hartranft. of Hartford Theo- 
logical Seminary, leading with an address on 
the Influence of Biblical Theology on the The- 
ological Sciences, while a speaking likeness of 
Dr. Hartranft forms the frontispiece, and ex- 
llenl pictures are given of the seminary 
buddings over which he presides. Other ser- 
; and sketches of sermons are by Dr. E. 
Trumbull Lee, Pres. Henry Wade Rogers 
id Dr. Charles D. Shaw. Annual subscrtp- 
)n, $2.50. Clergymen, §2. Single copies, 25 
nts. E. B. Treat & Co., Publishers, 241-243 
West 23rd St., New York. 

MACK.— In the George's Creek church, near 
Masontown. Pa., Dec. 19, 1898, of typhoid fe- 
ver, Jacob L. Mack, aged about 55 years. He 
was united in marriage to Hannah Young, who, 
with three children, still survives him. He al- 
so leaves two brothers and one sister. He was 
the son of Eld. Jacob Mack. Services by the 
writer. Alpheus DeBolt. 

TAYLOR.— In the bounds of the Yellow 
Creek congregation, Stephenson Co., 111., Jan. 
5, 1899, of a complication of diseases and old 
age, William W. Taylor, aged 80 years, 3 
months and 29 days. Deceased was born in 
Jefferson County, W. Va., Sept. 6, i8i8. He 
was married to Sarah A. Deitrich, Jan. 8, 1846. 
To this union were born four sons and three 
daughters. He leaves an aged companion 
and five children. Services by Bro. Jacob 
Delp, assisted by Bro. Samuel Studebaker 
from I Tim. 3: 16; Rev. 21: 5. The remains 
were laid to rest in the Yellow Creek ceme- 
tery. Ada S. Delp. 

PETRY.— In the bounds of the Price's 
Creek church, Ohio, Nov. 27, 1898, of old age, 
Sister Nancy Petry, aged 77 years, 9 months 
and 5 days. She was the fourth wife of Eld. 
Samuel Petry, who preceded her to the spirit 
world a few years ago. She was a member of 
the church for fifty-eight years. She was the 
mother of seven children. Services by Eld, 
Tobias Kreider. Jos. Longanecker. 

MARTIN.— Near Mound City, Mo., Dec. 30, 
1898. David Emery, son of Bro. Ira and Stste: 
Mary Martin, aged 6 months and J3 days 
The remains were brought to the Appanoost 
cemetery, Kansas, for interment. Services a 
the home of the parents, in Holt County, Mo. 
James T. Kinzie. 

SLINGLUFF. — In ■ the Upper Dublin 
church. Pa., Dec. 20, 1898, Irvin G. Slingluff, 
aged 16 years, 2 months and 10 days, Irvin 
was a pious and dutiful bny. and the joy and 
coimort of his mother. Services from Malt. 
24:44. B. F. KITTINGER. 

KAUFFMAN.— In the Shipshewana church, 
Ind., Dec. 27. 1898, Bro. Joseph Kauffman, 
aged 59 years, 6 months and 15 days. De- 
id moved to this County in 1861, soon 
he was married, where he, lived ever 
I. He leaves a wife and three children. 
Three children preceded him. Bro. Kauffman 
\ useful man and a trQe Christian, serving 
the church as a deacon for a number of years. 
Services by Eld. Peter Long, followed by the 
riter, to a very large congregation of friends 
and neighbors. Benj. Leer. 

ANDERSON.— At her home, near Helms, 
Va., Jan. 3, 1899, Sister Nannie Anderson, 
daughter of Henry and Sallia Anderson, aged 
40 years, i month and 8 days. Deceased was 
erer for nine years. Services by elders 
b. A. Neff and Henry Ikenberry. 

John W. Barnhart. 

DEVILBISS.— In Double Pipe Creek, Md., 

n. 2, 1899, Mrs. Elizabeth Devilbiss, nee Sna- 

;r, wife of Charles Devilbiss, and oldest 

daughter of Bro. Jacob and Sister Maria Sna- 

of New Windsor, Md., aged 66 years, 9 

months and 23 days. Services at the house. 

ment at the Bethel M. E. cemetery, Sam's 

Creek. She leaves no children. 


t Ihi;ri;lotc God li;itli joined tugcthcr, lei nol 

DA\IS— MOATS.— By Ihe undersigned, at 
s resilience, in Lincoln Township, 111., Dec. 
. rSij8, Edward C. Davis, of Pine Creek, and 
mnia H. Moats, of Mt. Morris, both of Ogle 
County, 111, M. S. NEWCO.MER. 

YEAROUT — HECKMAN.— At the resi- 
dence of the bride's parents, Michigan Valley, 
Kans., Dec. 28, 1898, by the undersigned, Mr. 
Kirk Ycarout, of Lyndon, Kans., and Sister 
Mary Heckman, daughter of Eld. C. T. Heck- 
S. Z. Sharp. 


CARPENTER.-In the North Poplar Ridge 
hurch, Defiance. Ohio, Dec. 31, 1898, Sister 
Harriet Carpenter, aged 76 years, 6 months 
id 26 days. Services by Bro. John Flory. 
Sarah M. Hornish. 



SIZEMORE.— In the New Hope church, 
Kans., Beulah, child of James and Mtittie 
Sizemore, aged 3 years, 3 months .and 5 days. 
Text, Matt. 18: 3, 4. 

A. B. Lichtenwalter. 

SHOWALTER.— Near Dale Enterprise, 
Va., in the bounds of the Cook's treek congre- 
gation, Jan. I, 1899. of pneumonia, Sister Vir- 
die A., daughter of Bro. D. B. and Sister Susan 
Showalter, aged 27 years, 4 months and 26 
days. Deceased came to the church about ten 
years ago, and has since lived a consistent 
Christian life. She was sick but a short time. 
Services and interment at " Weaver's church." 

;rvices by Bro. J. M. Kagey. 

S. L Bowman. 

ZIGLER.— In the bounds of the Elk Run con- 
gregation, Va., Dec. 15, 1898, Bro. Solomon G. 
Zigler, aged 47 years, 11 months and 16 days, 
fas the son of Jacob and Christena Zigler. 
He leaves one sister and two brothers to 
rn their loss. Bro. Zigler, though crippled, 
a good church worker. Services by breth- 
Jacob Zimmerman and B. A. Kiracofe 
I John 12:28, last clause. 

1. A. Miller. 

ROBINSON.— At the home of her parents, 
near Bolar, Va,. Nov. 28, 1898. little LuEmma 
Catharine Robinson, aged ti months and 13 
days. Deceased was the youngest child of 
Brother and Sister Robinson. 

Vena S. Bussard. 

MYERS. — In the bounds of the Ridge 
church, near Fayetteville, Pa., Jan. i, 1899, of 
la grippe, Bro. Samuel P. Myers, son of Broth- 
er and Sister Myers, aged 19 years, 8 months 
and 28 days. He was a consistent member of 
the church. He leaves father, mother and two 
brothers to mourn their loss. Services im- 
proved by the writer from Job 14: 14. 

Henry Z. Etter. 

ALTLAND.— In the city of Waterloo, Iowa, 
Dec. 28, 1898, Edward Altland, aged 60 years, 
4 months and 20 days. Deceased was born in 
York County, Pa., emigrated with his parents 
to St. Joseph County. Mich., in 1852, where he 
married Mary Pashby in 1864. He emigrated 
to Blackhawk County, Iowa, in 1867, where 
he resided until his death. Services by the 
writer. L. R. Peifer. 

SCHWENK.-In the Sugar Valley church 
Pa., Dec. 29, 1898. Bro. Henry Schwenk, aged 
78 years, 10 months and 9 days. Deceased 
was born Feb. 20, 1820, and was a consistent 
member of (he Brethren church for a number 
of years. He leaves an aged companion and 
several children. Services by Bro. Greene 
Shively, assisted by brethren Isaiah Beaver 
and Alfred Miller from Amos 5: 8. 

Adda M. Shively. 

TRUEBLOOD.— In tht bounds of the Low- 
er Fall Creek church, Ind., Jan. 2, 1899, of par- 
alysis, Mrs. Emma Trueblood, wife of friend 
William Trueblood, aged 43 years and 12 days. 
Services. by Eld. Heistand from i Thess. 4: 13. 

CLEM.— In the Lower Fall Creek church, 
Ind.. Nov. 26, 189S, Loren Adam Clem, son of 
Bro. Samuel and Sister Clara Clem, aged i 
year. Services by the writer from 2 Sam. 12: 
2-3. A. C. Snowberger. 

JORDAN.— In the same church, Jan. i, 1899. 
William Henry Jordan, aged 55 years. 10 
months and 17 days. Deceased was born in 
Rockingham County, Va., Feb. 14, 1843. In 
1863 he came to Indiana. He united with 
Catherine Saunders in marriage Nov, 28, i86g. 
To this union were born four daughters, — one 
of whom has passed away. He leaves a dear 
companion and three daughters to mourn their 
loss. Services by the writer, assisted by Eld. 
David Hoover from Rev. 14: 13. 

A. C. Snowiierger. 

SMITH. -In the Donnel's Creek church, 
Springfield, Ohio, Aug. 20, i8g8, of diabetes, 
Bro. Martin N. Smith, aged 46 years, 5 months 
and 24 days. Deceased leaves a sorrowing 
wife, four children, three brothers and three 
sisters. He united with the Brethren church 
in 1878. Services by Eld. I. Bennfett Trout, 
assisted by Eld. Edward Frantz. 

Mary Leatherman. 

DERFLINGER.— In the Salem congrega- 
tion, Va., Dec. 28, 189S, at her home, near Re- 
liance, Sister Annie Derfiinger, aged 81 years, 
7 months and 24 days. Services by the writer, 
assisted by Bro. S. Cline. Daniel Baker. 

BARE.— In the bounds of the Salem church, 

Ohio, Jan. 4, 1899. Sister Sarah Bare, aged 76 

ars, II months and 8 days. She was married 

Joseph Bare in 1840. To them were born 

ree sons and four daughters. She leaves a 

husband, two sons and one daughter. Sister 

was a faithful member of the Brethren 

church. Services were held in the Ludlow 

church at Pitsburg, by Eld. Tobias Kreider 

and Bro. Granville Minnich, 

Levi Minnich. 
FYOCK.— Inthe Manor congregation, Indi- 
la County, Pa., Dec. 27, 1898, Sister Anna Fy- 
ock. aged 39 years, 10 months and 3 days. Sis- 
Lnna suffered much from a complication 
of diseases which finally developed into a form 
msumption. She endured all with Chris- 
fortitude, leaning on the Everlasting Arms. 
Funeral services from Rom. 7: 2 by the writer. 


LEVINSTON.— Athis home, near Denlow. 
lo.. Dec. 19, 189S, of consumption, Willie, son 
f Thomas and Susan Levinston. aged 24 
years. 10 months and 5 days. He united with 
the Baptist church several years ago. Inter- 
in the Denlow cemetery. 

Nannie Harman. 

Jan. 21, l8 






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Church Directory. 

YORK. PA.-Cor. Belvidere Ave. and King St. Serv 
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MUNCIE. IND.-Cor. Jackson ajid Council Si. Scrv 
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Reading, Wednesday, 7: 30 P. M. 



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Towson St.. Loc 

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Meeting, Wednesday evening. 

DECATUR, lLL.-GopUart Half. 110-,, no--, N. Wat^r 
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DAYTON, OHlO.-CollegeSt. & 4(li Ave. (West Side). 
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S, S-. 10 A. M.; Young People's Meeting, 7 P. M. 

ST. JOSEPH, MO.-Mecting every Sunday at 10: 30 A, 
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READING, PA.-Church St. near Greenvfich. Serv 
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Reading, Wednesday evening: Prayer Meeting, Friday. 

BROOKLYN MISSION. N. Y.— 1393 3d Ave. 

ALTOONA. PA.-Cor. 6th Ave. and Fifth St, S. S. 
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Vol. 37. 

Mount Morris, I"ll., Jan. 28, i^ 

No. 4. 


Is It a Monopoly? 

Where Philip Baptized the Eunuch, . 
The Christ of To-day 


At Seventy. By A. O. Grubb, in Union Signal 

Blessed Ate They That Mourn. By William Henry Burleigh, 

Daniel Hays So 

Judge? By A. Hutcliisdn 5° 

By W.B. Stover Si 

The Higlier Life. By B. F. Click 

I Came Not to Call the Righteous. By G< 

The Lotd'sSign. By Mattie A. Lear. . . 

Zeal Not According to Knowledge —Rom. 

God is LivinE Vet. By Martiia Click. . . 

Buried Seed. By Maggie M, Good 53 

Making People H.ippy. By C. D. Hylton S3 

After-Thoughts.— No, 3. By Jol'" Calvin Brigii 

. W. Cosner. . . 
0:2. By A. Floi 

part of S^ 
rights, Line 
dom from : 
leges. No 
All thi< 

^ince of Russia, was formerly a 
weden, and for years had guaranteed 
der which the inhabitants enjoyed free- 
military service and also had other privi- 
)w Russia proposes to impress all men of 
2 years of age, and over, into military 
d make them serve in any part of Russia, 
greatly objectionable to the Finns, many 
of whom are adherents of the non-resistant princi- 
ple. It seems that the Russian government is de- 
termined to carry out the contemplated measure, 
though it is extremely distasteful to the inoffensive 
Finns. Likely many of the persecuted ones will fi- 
nally be compelled to seek homes in other lands. 

space. This low temperature becomes evident 
14,000 or 15,000 feet above the surface of the earth, 
and, of course, at the greater height mentioned 
above would be still more severe. The more we 
study the wonderful skill with which the universe 
has been framed, the more we are impressed with 
the wisdom of the One at whose command all these 
things came into existence. 





Lesson Light-Flashes 


The Parable o( the Tares, or God's Tender Regard for His t 

-Matt. 13: 24-30; 36-43- By S. N. McCann. 



r Notes. By S. N. McCann 

MadeWiUing. By A. VV. Vaniman. 

The Journey Hcavenward.-Hc 


Mklwliiter P.istinic. By Nanu 
Abood ii^auiple. By Geo. W 



generally m; 
with. Unde 
among the 
work and be 



■ the Leech Lake Indi- 

ans is feared, unless the Government succeeds in ad- 
justing matters connected with the agency, at pres- 
ent located near Walker, Minn. A few of the Indi- 
ans at Cass and Winnebegoshish Lakes, spurred on 
by designing and unscrupulous whites, demand the 
removal of the agency to the town of Bena, some 
fifty miles farther north. This the Leech Lake In- 
dians are determined to resist, and, if necessary, to 
make use of arms, to emphasize their protest. It 
is unfortunate that some plan cannot be adopted, 
by which the Indians may be so situated as to obvi- 
ate further occasion for disturbances, such as have 
been experienced in the past. Our treatment of 
the Red Man in the past has not been altogether 
fair, and as a result we occasionally reap the harvest 
of our past failings. 

The priests of Porto Rico 
footsteps of their predecessors in othc 
former times, in forbidding their pcopl, 
Protestants, entering their houses, or receiving pres- 
ents at their hands. It is the old resort of the Cath- 
olics to keep their people in darkness. In some in- 
stances where Bibles and other religious books had 
been given to the people, the priests told their fol- 
lowers to burn the objectionable (?) literature, and 
ide sure that their ruling was complied 
r these circumstances mission work 
Catholics of Porto Rico will be slow 
set with many hindrances, and yet, if 
we place the leaven of Gospel Truth at work, it is 
bound to increase and spread. Are we preparing to 

do our part? 

The Bank of England,— probably the largest fi- 
nancial institution in the world,— has a list of twen- 
ty questions, which are presented for answer to ev- 
ery man, young or old, who applies for a situation 
in the bank. The first one is; " How do you spend 
your Sundays?" If the applicant is not able to 
give a satisfactory answer to this question, no fur- 
ther inquiries are made and he is dismissed. The 
object of the bank is to get men of good character, 
and this,— they argue, — cannot be secured by non- 
attendance at church, and frequenting places of 
questionable character. The bank officials certain- 
ly show a commendable degree of wisdom in en- 
deavoring to get the right kind of men. It would 
not be inappropriate if every professing Christian 
would ask himself the question: "How do I spend 
my Sunday? " Perhaps there would be opportunity 
for improvement. Certain it is that many of us 
could make the Lord's day a greater means of spir- 
itual growth and advancement. 

There is food for reflection in the statement that 
Iwenty-six thousand persons are dependent for 
their living upon the Krupp gun works at Essen, 
Germany. Here the monster death-dealing weap- 
ons of modern warfare are made, and the skill of 
these thousands of wtykmen is used for no other 
purpose than to manufacture that which will de- 
stroy life and property, and bring sorrow to thou- 

nds. It does not seem possible'that in these last 
days of the present century so much energy, as well 
as money, should be devoted to the manufacture ol 
these mighty engines of^ war, while the church is 
pleading for men and means to preach the everlast- 
ing Gospel to the many who have never heard it. 
So-called Christian nations do not show th 
light in this respect. 

Samoa, a 


'ill ] 

ed to be ijitrodu 

i the Catapunan Society, 


linst the 

At least one thing 
into the Philippine Island: 
these there are already a nur 
dition. The principal one i: 
which is said to have some co 
masonry. This Society, while 
mental in most of the uprisings 
order of things during the Spanish ad 
will likely cause considerable trouble it 
when our government desires to take c( 
session. Their membership of 600,000, 
ized for concerted action, renders them a foe of 
great power. Another prominent secret order is 
the Philippine Social Club, organized some years 
ago, and especially active against any attempt of 
the American government to control the Islands. 
Secret Societies are a threatening danger in any 
country, but our contact with them in the PhiVip- 
pines bids fair to be fraught wit 
pleasant and difficult of control. 

the futun 
nplete po; 
ivell orgai 

suits ?- once un- 

The V! 


t, unexplored space above i 
;,_Prof. John Trowbridge assures : 
than the icy regions around the North Pole, 
one, however, can reach the limit of the uppe 
gions of the air and live, unless he carries with 
air to breathe and fuel to warm him, for at the 
try distance of ten miles above the earth the ; 
too thin to support respiration an ' ' 
ter would register far below zero. It would be a re- 
gion of perpetual snow on a peak of the earth if it 
should rise to such a height. A person in a balloon 
could not hear a friend in a neighboring balloon ev- 
en if they were near enough to shake hands. There 
would be no medium for the propagation of sound 
waves. There would, however, still be a medium 
for the conduction of electricity— a medium, in fact, 
of great conductibility— almost as good as a metal; 
and it is this medium at even a less height which 
Tesla proposes to use in his methods of transmit- 
tjng power hundreds of miles through the air with- 
out wires. We live under a blanket of air which 
protects us from the extreme cold of the outer 

ene of troubles in the past, again 
seems to be rent by internal dissensions, and the dif- 
ficulty is further augmented by the fact that the 
three Powers placed in charge of Samoan mat- 
ters, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States, 
— do not seem to agree as to the course to be 
pursued. Great Britain and the United States ap- 
parently uphold the one side, while the German 
consul is determined to maintain the position as- 
sumed by the faction with whom he sides. As Sa- 
moa is 1,800 miles from the nearest cable station, it 
is feared that matters may come to a crisis before 
authoritative direction, from the various Powers in- 
terested, may reach their representatives at Samoa. 
If serious consequences should arise from this dif- 
culty, it would be an event much to be deplored 
by all those involved in it. 

The army of the unemployed in our cities, and 
the best means to dispose of that vast clement to 
the best interests of humanity, has for years taxed 
the minds of the ablest students of sociological ques- 
tions. Some years ago Mr. Booth-Tucker, in refer- 
ence to this subject, said: " Place the waste labor on 
the waste land by means of waste capital, and there- 
by-convert this trinity of modern waste into a trini- 
ty of production." In pursuance of this theory he 
placed before the public his plans for establishing 
farm colonies, where the unemployed of the cities 
could be made .self-supporting, and eventually the 
owners of property. His plans were finally execut- 
ed, and the first annual report on the 
been made public. Colonies have bei 
at Fort Amity, Colo., Fort Herrick, Ohio, and Fort 
Pomie, Cal. Altogether there are nearly five hun- 
dred people i 
to assign to e 
acre tract for 

shall pay for it in time out of the produce. The ex- 
periment .50 far demonstrates the fact that the col- 
onists are willing to work hard for the development 
of their future home. Removed as they are from 
vicious surroundings they bid fair to become re- 
spectable citizens. Any move that will work for 
the benefit of humanity, as the one just described, 
should be hailed with delight. Care should be tak- 
en, however, not to neglect their immortal souls, 
but to give them the whole Truth, as found in the 
Blessed Gospel of the Son of God. 

< has just 

,e various colonies, ineiuea 
olonist or family a five or tt 
ation. with the intention that 

— >--^« ESSAYS •-<-!— 


Three score and len, and all is well; 

Thou hast not solved life's mystery, 

And thou canst understand its speech 

No more than when the little shell. 

Tossed upward to the sandy beach, 

Gives back the voices of the sea. 

Love found in thee a happy wife 

When life was in its budding May. 

And when to thee sweet babes were born; 

And love crowns now a noble life 

As if for lliee its sun-kissed morn 

Had brightened into rosy day. 

Three score and ten! and who shall write 

A word to thee of "borderland." 

Or yet that "lengthening shadows" fall; 

What thou hast wrought with brain and hand 

Shall bring at eventime. the light 

Of God's glad sunshine over all. 

And think not: " I will only wait 

Awhile until the night is gone." 

Thou art not sitting in the dark. 

And it is only growing late; 

And. lo! beyond the dark the dawn. 

And then the singingfcjf the lark. 

—A. O. Cnilib, in Union Signal. 

THE Simplicity of christ. 


" Rut I fear, k-sl by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve 
through his suhtihy. so your minds should be corrupted from 
the simplicity that is in Christ."— 2 Cor. 11:3. 

By simplicity" is meant, tnic to one Ihitig, artless, 
hnrnilcss, nnartificial, true to ntilnn\ ptoin. The sim- 
plicity of Christ is seen in his life. His life 
true to nature and to grace. Me was raised and 
lived among the common people. He was the one 
true man. and true to one thing, the life which he 
lived as the model for all men. 

The simplicity of Christ is seen in his dress.—" His 
coat was without seam, woven from the top through- 

The simplicity of Christ may be seen in his teach- 
ing. No greater evidence can be given than the 
fact that " the common people heard him gladly." 
He gave the highest truths in the simplest lan- 
guage. He came to the people,— he sat among 
them, and opened to their understanding things too 
deep for sages to utter, in language at once plain, 
pleasing and convincing. His parables present the 
sacred and sublime truths of the Gospel in a way 
that impresses the minds of men in every station of 
life, so that each one has a beautiful picture of a 
great precept that may be contemplated from every 
side and whose central truths become the brighter 
with the passing of the years. 

The simplicity of Christ may be seen in his doc- 
trine as it relates to the ordinances which he estab- 
lished. There is no show in anj-thing that he did, 
nor in anything that lie used. In baptism he used 
the simple element water, and he went to where it 
was. His teaching place was where he found 
the people, and the place of the Communion 
services with his disciples was' in a " large upper 
room," where he used water to wash his disciples' 
feet, where were the prepared food for the supper 
and the simple bread and fruit of the vine to 
commemorate his sufferings and death. 

There is danger that we may be corrupted from 
the simplicity that is in Christ. Our manner of life 
may not be as his. We may get above the common 
class of people and forget that the Gospel is to be 
preached to the poor. We may get above them in 
speech so that they can not understand us, nor the 
message we bring them. We may get above them in 
style, so that they keep shy of us. This style may 
follow us not only in dress, but in our sermons, our 
prayers, our writings, our selections of subjects to 
speak upon, or to write upon. The Scripture is 
consistent with itself throughout. It requires a 
plain people to practice a plain Gospel. It requires 
a plain man to preach a plain sermon and he must 


draw his material froin the Gospel of Christ. Paul's 
fear was, "test by any means," our " minds should be 
corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." It 
is not the ministry alone, it is not the press alone, 
that need be guarded. It is every means. At what 
fountain do we drink? Whose spirit do we breathe? 
This is back of the pulpit and the pen ministry. 
The fountain is the Gospel, and the Spirit is the 
Holy, and if any man " lack wisdom, let him ask of 
God who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth 

We should the more carefully guard the simplic- 
ity of Christ in language and in teaching, as a devia- 
tion in these will in time lead to a deviation in spir- 
it and in doctrine. The selection of a theme not in 
harmony with the Gospel simplicity will require the 
speaker, or the writer, to draw from a source not on 
the Gospel plane. It is the little shades of misin- 
terpretation that insinuate themselves almost imper- 
ceptibly that lead at last awa)' from the simplicity 
of Christ. 

Our brethren stand opposed to theological 
schools, and to theological, departments in schools 
conducted by the Brethren, because they find noth- 
ing in the Gospel to encourage such schools, and 
because the experience of the past teaches that 
they lead away from the simplicity of Christ. If it 
be wrong to establish theological schools, or theo- 
logical departments in our own schools, it is equal- 
ly wrong to attend schools of theology conducted 
by those who ignore the plain teaching of Christ. 
If our young ministers attend lectures and schools 
of theology conducted by other people, it requires 
no prophet to see what the J^uture of our own 
church will be. "A little leaven leaveneth the 
whole lump." 

Paul says, " He that giveth, let him do it with sim- 
plicity." Our Lord tells us what that simplicity con- 
sists of: " Take heed that ye do not your alms before 
men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no re- 
ward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore 
when th'ou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet 
before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues 
and in the streets, that they may have glory of 
men. Verily 1 say unto you. They have their re- 
ward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left 
hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine 
alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth 
in secret himself shall reward thee openly." Matt. 
6: 1-4. By this we learn that what is given to the 
Lord's cause should be handled in the Lord's way. 
The covetous man cannot hide the hand that gives 
not under the simplicity of the manner in which 
Christ would have him give. If our Father sees 
the hand that gives in secret and blesses the act, he 
also sees the hand that withholds the gift. Who 
would seek God's displeasure by keeping back what 
God has placed in our hands to give, when the 
blessing is always promised to the one that gives? 

Paul's rejoicing was that " in simplicity and godly 
sincerit)-. not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace 
of God," he had his "conversation in the world" 
and "more abundantly" toward the church. We 
must not go to the world to borrow epithets and 
commonplace expressions. Christ never used glit- 
tering phrases and b)-words to attract attention, or 
to arouse a temporary excitement among his hearers. 
Any minister or writer that does descends below the 
level of Christianity. A pure life is encouraged by 
pure thoughts, chaste words and refined language. 
To read an article pure in tone, refined in diction 
and beaming with truth and beauty, is elevating. 
Where will a people get an incentive to a higher 
life if they do not get it from the minister in the 
public services of the sanctuar)-? Then the minis- 
ter must drink from the pure fountain. If he would 
give tone to thought, feeling and life, it must be in 
harmony with th4 word and character and life of 
the Son of God. There must be nothing silly in it. 
For giving tone to public sentiment and inspiring 
greater effort to a higher purpose in life, no place 
can offer equal advantages to the public services of 
the church. A pure Gospel ministry will maintain 
a pure sanctuary. There should be no deviation 
from the form and order of any public service «;ith- 
out good reason. We cannot reach a high or/isr in 

Jan. 28, 1899. 

spiritual life by a high-tone service. It is the sim- 
plicity of the service that lifts the soul heavenward. 
The meek and lowly sit in heavenly places in Christ 
Jesus. He who drinks regularly from the pure 
Gospel stream will thirst for more, and will rise 
step by step till he drinks at the fountain head, 
"The river of water of life." 
Broadway, Va. 



I INTEND this to apply to the Communion. Must 
each communicant be his or her own judge as to fit- 
ness for this service? I Cor. 11:28 says: "But let 
a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that 
bread, and drink of that cup." We might here in- 
stitute the inquiry. On what is he to examine him- 
self? We turn to 2 Cor. 13: 5 and it says, " Exam- 
ine yourselves, whether ye be in fhe faith." Here 


ght ; 

1 the faith of the Gospel, si 
Well, let us listen to those 
une, that is, who say they 
• does not believe it make 
lurch he belongs to, just so 

In the faith of what? 
who are ready to com- 

are ready. One says 
s any difference what 
he feels like commun- 


think tho 

t to him. But another .says, " I 
ommune together ought to be of 
one mind on doctrine." But his attention is called 
to what Christ associated with the Communion, and 
he says, " I don't believe the feet-washing and pass- 
over or supper have any thing to do with the Com- 
munion." Might we not, right here, introduce the 
question. Is that man in the faith? Dare we take 
our own course in disjoining that which Christ has 
so closely connected? When Jesus was here he 
held but one Communion service, where the bread 
and cup were used as.Jiis body and blood. And, ac- 
cording to the reord, this took place in a large up- 
per room in Jerusalem. And before he used the 
bread and cup, he washed his disciples' feet- And 
this being done, he ate a meal with his disciples be- 
fore giving to them the bread and cup of Commun- 
ion. And to show that the bread and cup do not 
constitute the Lord's supper, we read in Luke 22: 19, 
20: " And he took bread, and gave thanks, and 
brake it, and gave unto them, saying. This is my 
body, which is given for you; this do in remembrance 
of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying. 
This cup is the new testament in my blood, which 
is shed for you." Here it is plainly stated that the 
bread and cup were taken after supper. Therefore 
they cannot be the Lord's supper. 

Turning to I Cor. 10: 16 we see just what they 
are, — the communion of the body and blood of the 
Lord. Jesus wants his followers to be brethren and 
stand upon a common plane. Hence he gives them 
feet-washing to even them up, that there be no 
great or small ones, but all be one, as the Father 
and the Son are one. If we omit feet-washing, then 
we have no evener or leveler. 

Then he did not want them to be discouraged, but 
gave them a promise that he would come to them 
again. To this he calls their attention in Luke 22; 
15, 16: " And he said unto them. With desire I have 
desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer; 
for I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, 
until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Here 
we notice that he calls attention to something that 
is yet in the future. He therefore uses the term 

lind to a future 
ch is beautifully 
of Jesus himself, 
rvants, whom the 
atching; verily I 

passover because it points the r 

event, or condition of things, wh 

placed before us in the words 

Luke 12; 37, "Blessed are those se 

Lord, when he cometh, shall find 1 

say unto you, that he shall gird himself, 

them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and 

serve them." No wonder one of those who were 

with him should say, " Blessed is he that shall eat 

bread in the kingdom of God." Luke 14: 15. 

Now if we leave out the passover supper, then we 
have no vehicle to caiTy our minds forward to that 
glorious feast. So he did not associate any thing 
with c-e Communion service which did not have 
some gra.-t idea connected with it. 


28, 18 



Then, when we come to the Communion itself, we 
notice that it sets forth something else, — the suffer- 
[iMj and death of our dear Savior. Therefore if we 
Ic.ivc out the bread and cup we have no medium 
through which to show forth his passion upon the 
cross. Now, are we in the faith? If we are, on all 
th& doctrine, then are we of one mind, and ready for 
a proper Communion. 

/Cad-n. Fin. _ 


— Last week, threatened with erysipelas, I spent a 
few days in the hospital at Bombay. The nurse 
who attended me was a great-great-granddaughter 
of the honored missionary, William Carey. I was 
glad, and asked her it the spirit of missions yet re- 
mained in the family. She answered cheerily, " O 
yes, there are a number of us in active mission 
work, and the little folks say, ' When I get big I'm 
going to preach the Gospel to the heathen.' " How 
the influence of one godly man softens and alters 
the nature of generations, and Carey was only a 


-Our humble religion keeps us from several 
things, and leads us into several things. It keeps 
us separate from the world, it keeps us from the- 
aters, dances, balls, circuses and fairs; it keeps us 
from the worldly idea of propriety; it keeps us from 
the temptation to gamble; it keeps us from inordi- 
nate waste, and in many cases it keeps us from the 
desire to get rich. It leads us into meditation, so- 
briety, level-headedness, good judgment, independ- 
ence of opinion, devotion, good company only, the 
desire to be like him, into keen discernment of 
good and evil, into the house of prayer. How dis- 
tasteful a cheap novel looks, and how inviting a 
book labeled, " Deep Things of God." This nature 
was first in our surroundings and then it got into us. 
Let us have unbounded pity and kind regard for 
those who never had a knowledge of so humble and 
helpful a religion as ours. 

—Ben Franklin, "On Lu.\ury," says: "Almost all 
the parts of our bodies require some expense. The 
feet demand shoes; the legs, stockings; the rest of 
I the body, clothing; and the belly, a good deal of 
victuals. Our eyes, though exceedingly useful, ask, 
when reasonable, only the cheap assistance of a 
pair of spectacles, which could not much impair our 
-finances. But the eyes of other people are the eyes 
that ruin us. If all but myself were blind, I should 
want neither fine clothes, fine houses, nor fine furni- 

—"Are you saved?" This is an expression quite 
common among some people, which is becoming 
more and more common among us. I don't like it. 
It is selfish in its import and appeals to selfish na- 
ture. It implies, Be a Christian for what you can 
get. How natural to live a selfish Chiistian when 
persuaded by such argument. Wouldn't it be bet- 
ter to say, " Is your life to the glory of God?" We 
become Christians to glorify God. We live such 
to glorify God. We live separate to glorify God. 
We live sanctified to glorify God. We live holy to 
glorify God. We sing and pray and go to church 
and participate in ordinances and study the Word 
that we may more glorify God. And if some one 
says, " But don't we get salvation? " I answer, "As- 
suredly, but there is a vast difference between liv- 
ing to get something for yourself and living to give 
something to another." All depends upon the ob- 
ject of life. If I live to the glory of God I shall in 
all probability have no lack of salvation; but if I 
live to get salvation and to "keep saved," as some 
have it, the chances are against me on glorifying 
God, and lessened on salvation. God is all in all, 
not self or anything self can get. I'm sure I do not 
depreciate salvation. To the full man salvation is 
necessarily resultant and not objective. 

— The object of life is lo glorify God. Now, in this 
light, think of a man "seeking salvation." It is an 
unfortunate misapplication of terms. Think of a 
man engaging in ordinances to be saved. Where is 
the glory of God? Think of a man asking another 

if he is saved, and then setting to work in all good 
faith to lead a selfish man to seek something for 
himself. I ask the question of saint and sinner with 
equal propriety, " Is your life to the glory of God 
in all thingsf" Let us look out for the glory of 
God. He will look out for our salvation and all the 

Buhnr, Iiulin. 


In the thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah we read of a 
highway that shall be called the way of holiness. 
No lion or ravenous beast shallbe found there; but 
the redeemed shall walk there. What a glorious 
confirmation of the above in the ushering in of 
Christ's kingdom, when the poor, the lame, the 
blind did truly rejoice in the virtue and privileges 
of the Gospel. 

Having the same Gospel and the privilege of 
walking upon this highway, should we not rejoice 
and be exceeding glad for the privilege we have 
and the hope we ma)' entertain in a fuller realiza- 
tion of what is yet in reservation for us? Why 
should a follower" of Christ be cast down and live in 
fear and doubt, when it is his privilege to rejoice, as 
Paul says, in the hope of the glory of God? I fear 
there are too many like Peter, following Christ afar 
off and, like him, getting into trouble. Christ tells 
us in the eighth chapter of John that if a man keeps 
his sayings he shall not see death. 

There is a day coming when we shall get away 
from all that is familiar to our natures here and 
enter into what we call the other life. But if our 
life is hid with Christ in God, it is not another life, 
but a fuller realization of what life is to a Christian. 
Our death will only be passing into life. Blessed 
thought! that we can, by making this change, go 
farther into the boundless ocean of life. And while 
we disappear, like a ship on the ocean, from those 
that watch us, to us it will be increasing brightness, 
as we go on into the presence of God. The true 
Christian will stand the test. In Christ only are we 

May the Lord help us to get upon the highway 
and show to the world that there is a reality in the 
religion of Christ. Unfaltering trust in Christ and 
love for the brethren are the links that connect us to 
the world beyond. I John 3: 14, 23, 24. 

Tekoa. Wash. ^^__^_^_^_ 


Jesus tells us he came not to call the righteous 
but sinners to repentance. " They that be whole 
need not a physician, but they that are sick." Are 
there any to-day that need the great Physician's 
care?. Are you all sound in body? Are there none 
whose souls are sick and tired of sin? If there are 
such, and I know there are many, let me introduce 
you to the great Physician of souls, who is able to 
heal your sin-sick soul of all disease if you will come 
to him truly penitent, trusting him. Many of us de- 
sire to be Christians, but are not satisfied with God's 
plan of salvation, not satisfied to enter by the only 
door, and there being but the one we must en- 
ter there or be shut out from the presence of God. 
That door is Christ himself. He says: " i am tlie 
door of the sheep; " and again, " I am the way, the 
truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Fatlier 
but by me." Oh sin-sick soul, come to him; get 
down low at his feet, and you will occupy a higher 
position than the world has to offer you, while a robe 
and crown of everlasting life await you at the other 
end, and an eternity in his kijigdom of glory. 

He came that we might have life, and that we 
might have it more abundantly. John 10: 10. Look 
away to heathen lands where are millions living in 
heathen darkness, for whom Christ died. Many of 
these have never heard of the living and true God 
and Jesus Christ his Son. How will they ever hear 
without a preacher? How can thej- know except 
we send missionaries to tell them of the Savior who 

died on Calvary's cruel cross to give to them eter- 
nal life. Many of these are the nations that have 
forgotten God and of whom he says: "The wicked 
shall be turned into hell with all the nations that 
forget God." 

Are there no young men to-daj' who are in cir- 
cumstances to be educated for this woik, that have 
the courage to spend and be spent in the missionary 
work? Oh, my dear young heroes, for you are he- 
roes if you are willing to take this cross, look away 
beyond this vale of tears and behold your crown, 
sparkling with the gems you have gathered out of 
this heathen darkness. Press on, never give up the 
conflict until the Master says, "Well done, thou 
good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of 
thy Lord." 

Here in happy America, where most of the inha- 
bitants live within the sound of the church bells, is it 
not amazing how many there are who are strangers 
to God? Born of the Spirit, what are you doing? 
Jesus is calling you; calling for more laborers to 
work in his harvest field. Come, let us be up and 
doing, for the night is coming when no man can 
work. I believe that dark night is nearer at hand 
than you or I are aware of. The prophecies are 
about all fulfilled. Soon the sun will be darkened, 
the moon turned to blood and the stars will fall 
from heaven. Oh! you that are out of Christ, 
what will be your doom? And we, who have not 
been faithful, what will we answer when called to 
give an account for the deeds done in the body ? 
Jesus, Master, help us to put on the whole armor 
of God now, and go to work with a determination 
born of the Spirit, to work day and night, while life 
lasts, to bring precious souls to Ihee. 

God says he will give you the heathen for an inher- 
itance. Then gather them in, the more you bring 
to the Master's feet, the more jewels he will place in 
your crown. There is work for all. Because we 
cannot go to Africa, or China, or some other far 
heathen lands, we need not sit down and fold our 
hands. There are heathens enough in enlightened 
America that are going down the' broad road to de- 
struction for the want of some one to lead them 
into the light of the Gospel, to keep busy all who 
stay at home. I have no doubt but there are those 
in our own land of churches that have never heard 
the name of Jesus named except in profanity. The 
more shame to the Christian church. 

There is no higher calling, no greater or grander 
occupation, none that pays so well as to work for 
Jesus, but those that enter his service must expect 
tribulations and trials, for Jesus said: " If they per- 
secute me they will also persecute you." But, oh, 
what docs he promise to those that hold out faith- 
ful? A robe, a crown of everlasting life, a mansion 
in his kingdom filled with glory. Come, let us go 
to work and get it, for it is a sure reward. We can 
look around and see men and women of intelligence 
working almost day and night to heap together the 
wealth of this world which on that awful tlay will 
melt in the fire of God's righteous indignation. 
Some have gathered dollars by the million, and in 
the eyes of the world are considered rich. But, oh! 
how poor they are. Let us see what Jesus says; 
" Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with 
goods, and have neetl of nothing: and knowest not 
■ that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, 
and blind, and naked; I counsel thee to buy of me 
gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and 
white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and 
that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear: and 
anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest 
see." Rev. 3: 17, iS. "As many as I love, I rebuke 
and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." 
Verse 19. And now, " Behold, I stand at the door, 
and knock: if any man hear my voice, agd open the 
door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, 
and he with me." Verse 20. 

Natiimal Military Home, Ohio. 



. ..,. ojloon is a life-wrecking static ..^ 

very strange that so many lives go to pieces whe 
the country legalizes two hundred and fifty thou- 
sand of these stations, and permits them to do bus- 
iness for a share of the " swag."— Trm- Reform. 


Jan. 28, 1899. 



" Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, 
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son. and shall call his name 
Immanuel." — Isa. 7: 14. 

Ahaz was in sore distress. The combined forces 
of Israel and Syria had invaded his kingdom, threat- 
ening the overthrow of his Itingdom and the de- 
thronement of himself. When the news of this alli- 
ance, and the terrible menace, was made known to 
Ahaz, it is said his heart was moved and the heart 
of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved 
with the wind. In this emergency, in this time of 
threatened calamity, God in the infinitude of his 
love and mercy sent to Ahaz, by the hand of his 
faithful prophet Isaiah, a message full of encourage- 
ment, a message well calculated to inspire confi- 
dence and courage. " Take heed," said the Lord 
through his prophet, "and be quiet; fear not, for the 
two tails of these smoking firebrands." Then, after 
speaking of the threat of the enemy, the Lord con- 
tinues, " It shall not stand, neither shall it come to 

And to draw out his confidence the Lord invited 
him to ask a sign, "Ask it," said his Lord "either 
in the depth, or in the height above." But poor, 
misguided Ahaz was looking to another than the di- 
vine source for help. He had appealed to Tiglath- 
Pileser, king of Assyria, for aid, hence his reply to 
the prophet, " I will not ask neither will I tempt the 
Lord." The divine aid which was so compassion- 
ately, so kindly offered, was spurned, was brushed 
aside. This king would not prove his divine Mas- 

ter. Such : 

1 alli^ 

to his liking. The idolatrous, dashing, warlike As- 
syrian was more congenial to him. He preferred 
Tiglath-Pileser, though it required the treasures and 
sacred furniture of the temple and the treasures of 
his own palace to secure him. And after securing 
this aid at such a sacrifice, it is said that Tiglath-Pi- 
leser distressed him, but helped him not. 

But the ingratittlde, the stupiditJ^ the wayward- 
ness of Ahaz could not prevent the carrying out of 
the plan of God's mercy and grace to mankind. If 
this king, in his idolatrous blindness, refused to ask 
for a proof of God's power and love, he would him- 
self give a sign that could never be gainsaid, the 
most convincing proof that could possiblj- be given: 
" Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, 
and shall call his name Immanuel." Immanuel^ God 
with us, God associated with man, in partnership 
with him. Wonderful, womlerfid! and this wondrous 
promise immediately follows a refusal to accept 
God's mercy, the most audacious refusal that can be 
conceived of. 

The gracious plan of the All-merciful was to rec- 
oncile the world unto himself. This glorious plan 
has now been consummated in Christ. A plan of 
mercy so grand, so far-reaching, was a source of un- 
speakable joy to Paul. He says: "And all things 
are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Je- 
sus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of rec- 
onciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ reconcil- 
ing the world unto himself." 

Such a plan of mercy to a sin-stricken world was 
a theme that called forth the highest and most en- 
rapturing notes of praise from the angelic hosts. 
These pure beings had watched with keenest inter- 
est the unfolding of God's plan of mercy to the hu- 
man race since the entrance of sin. They had noted 
how God had gradually revealed himself and his will 
toman. First his manifestations to the patriarchs, 
then the more full revelation of himself to a nation 
whom he had chosen from among the idolatrous na- 
tions of the earth. To this people he gave as a sa- 
cred trust.his holy oracles, his divine law, that law 
that was holy, just and good. But alas! they had 
also seen how far short man had come of keeping 
that law.— that he had proved himself incapable of 
coming up to its high standard. 

But when at length in the humble village of Beth- 
lehem they saw the advent of him to whom all the 
prophets had given witness, who was the hope of 
Israel, yea. the only hope of the world, they gave 
expression to their unbounded joy in anthems of 

praise: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth 
peace, good will to men." The sentiment here ex- 
pressed was yet unknown to the world. War with 
all its attendant train of horrors, had stalked un- 
checked over the earth. Indeed, war and bloodshed 
were the common business of the nations of the world. 
The condition of the worldprior to the coming of 
Christ is described by the prophet Azariah: "And 
in those times there was no peace lo him that went 
out, nor to him that came in but great vexations 
were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And 
nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city; for 
God did vex them with all adversity." 

The song sung by angelic lips was the prelude of 
that song which shall awake the echoes of earth 
when the great plan of reconciliation shall be com- 
plete, and the kingdoms of this world are become 
the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, when 
the sword shall be beaten into plow shares and the 
spears into pruning hooks and nation shall not lift 
up sword against nation, neither shall they learn 

The banishment of sin and the universal reign of 
righteousness and peace will be the final consumma- 
tion of the great redempti\'e plan, when the earth 
shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the wa- 
ters cover the sea. "And they shall teach no more 
every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, 
saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, 
from the least of them unto the greatest of them, 
saith the Lord." But even now, while sin is .still rife 
in the world, there are a few of God's hidden ones 
who are in the world, but not of the world, who are 
walking so closely with Jesus, who are in such con- 
stant touch with him, that they are changed into the 
same image from glory to glory as by the Spirit of 
the Lord. 

Great possibilities, great attainments are accessi- 
ble to every one who will yield himself fully into 
the hands of the Lord. Oh what wonders of grace, 
what fathomless fountains of love are more and 
more unfolded to that soul who can say with the 
apostle, " I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I 
live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life 
which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of 
the Son of God." The truly Christed soul need 
have no burdens, for the invitation is, " Cast thy bur- 
den upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he 
shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." 

Christ hath borne our griefs, and carried our sor- 
rows. Why, then, should we bear our own griefs, 
or carry our own sorrows? Better do-as Peter ex- 
horts, cast "all our care upon him; for he careth for 
us." Yea, and with a care that we ourselves are in- 
capable of, for he numbers the very hairs of our 
heads. Oh the vigilance, the watch-care of our 
Heavenly Father! Can we not confide in him? 

And then how it should inspire our confidence to 
be assured that "all things work together for good 
to them that love God, to them who are the called ac- 
cording to his purpose." Working together/ God's 
plans for us and his dealings with us are all designed 
for our highest good. Submission to the divine 
will is all that is required of us. Sometimes his 
providences are ver}- mysterious, and even painful. 
But oh, let us trust him, only trust. " Trust in the 
Lord," says the Psalmist, "and do good; soshalt thou 
dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed." 
We may not now know why he deals with us thus 
and so, but now we walk by faith. Oh for that faith 
that can say, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust him." 

Often indeed, is the Christian exhorted not to fear, 
" Fear not, little flock," says the dear Jesus, " for it 
is your Father's good pleasure to give you the king- 
dom." 'Ves, this reward, this expected end will not, 
cannot fail- And what have we to fear even now? 
Is it sickness? It is our blessed privilege to cast 
this upon the Lord, for we have this comforting as- 
surance, " Himself took our infirmities, and bare 
our sicknesses." Again, in Psalms 103: 3, we have 
these sweet words: " Who 'forgi\-eth all thine iniqui- 
ties; who healeth all thjf diseases." No one doubts 
the first declaration. Why doubt the second? 

Many of us are too much like Ahaz. When the 
Lord comes to us with his precious promises of help 
and invites us to prove his faithfulness, we prefer to 

seek help from a human source, and apply to an 
arm of flesh. We seek unto a 'human physician, in- 
stead of taking our case, at once, to the Lord, and 
very often our experience is very like that of Ahaz. 
We are only distressed, not strengthened. Ahaz 
preferred the help of Tiglath-Pileser, though it 
drained his treasuries and caused his country to be 
invaded. And are not people acting in the same 
way now? They will swallow the most nauseating 
or poisonous drugs. They will submit to the most 
painful and dangerous surgical operation, but often, 
like the woman in the Gospel, after suffering many 
things of many physicians, and spending all they 
have, are nothing bettered, but rather grow worse. 
Oh, it is better to trust in the Lord. David says, 
" Blessed is that man, that maketh the Lord his 

Hiifison, III. 


There seems to be a natural inclination in men 
to worship. Millions worship idols simply because 
they lack knowledge. This class of worshipers 
manifest fully as much zeal as those who worship 
God. Baal's prophets were extremely zealous in 
their worship. " They leaped upon their altar." 
Not only so, but "they cried aloud, and cut them- 
selves, after their manner, with knives and lancets, 
till the blood gushed out upon them." Those four 
hundred and fifty prophets should have known that 
their dead image had no power to answer their cries, 
for Moses had commanded them to have no other 
gods. Consequently Elijah brought them down to 
the brook and slew them. I Kings 18. 

King Saul was a great man, but he failed to see 
the importance of obeying God fully. He was ex- 
tremely zealous in regard to offering sacrifices, but 
he should have known that all other commands are 
of equal importance. Because of his disobedience 
God had no further use for him. He was dethroned, 
the Lord departed from him, and he committed su- 
icide. I Samuel 15. The evidence is conclusive 
that full obedience is the only method by which we 
can know that we have acceptance with God 


apostle says: "Whatsoever things were written 
aforetime were written for our learning." Rom. 15: 4. 

To-day a large majority of those professing god- 
liness are no nearer the whole truth than King Saul 
was. They seem to think it very important to obey 
some of Christ's commands; others they say are no 
benefit to any one. They consider the sacrament 
of the bread and the wine highly important; in fact 
it would be difficult to convince some of them that 
they can be saved without obeying this command. 
But then it would require a multitude of the heav- 
enly host to convince them that feet-washing and 
the holy kiss are essential to their salvation. 

King Saul said to Samuel, " I have performed the 
commandment of the Lord." He may have thought 
he had done all that was necessary for him to do. 
So it IS with those who obey only part of Christ's 
commands. They think more would not better 
their condition. Their zeal is fully up to the stand- 
ard of those who obey all of Christ's commands; 
but then — zeal is no evidence of right. 

How is it with our church? We have many 
zealous workers in the various departments of our 
church work. But then some of those have " a 
proud look,"— the very thing that " God hates." If 
the time employed by those in making their finery 
were spent in reading their Bibles, they could know 
that wearing those superfluous things is very wrong. 
One of the New Testament writers says: "The lust 
of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Fa- 
ther, but is of the world. And the world passeth 
away, and the lust thereof." 

The foolish and the wise virgins were equally zeal- 
ous, from the fact that they all "arose and trimmed 
their lamps " when the cry was made, " Behold the 
bridegroom cometh." The only thing that hindered 
the foolish from entermg into the marriage was the 
lack of oil (obedience). This is the only thing that 
will ever keep any one out of heaven. 

Goods Mill, Va. 





One of our sisters here was asked: "What will be- 
come of the people who do not believe and practice 
the ordinances as j-our church does?" He said: 
" Will they be lost?" 

She answered: " God is living yet : ask him." 

Surely we have no authority to say we can leave 
undone anything God commands and yet be saved. 
Too many are depending upon people's opinions 
and acting as though God is not living. Because a 
friend who lived a life of sin and then died smiling, 
" Surely," they say, " she was saved, and why can I 
not be too without obedience? " 

Many say: " Your church is nearer right than any 
other; but I want to live and die in the church of 
my parents," forgetting the command io forsake all 
in order to be a disciple. Luke 14: 33. We long 
for more privileges than the Gospel allows, and are 
after the well-educated preachers and teachers who 
say we need not be so careful about obeying all the 

One says: " Immersion is all right, and if you be- 
lieve that way you ought to do it; but it is not es- 
sential. And Christ washed feet, but if we are just 
humble and kind we need not literally comply." 

Another says: " The Bible teaches non-conform- 
ity, but in this age we cannot get people to join us 
unless we allow them to indulge in some worldli- 

Let us work for more purity and cleanness in the 
church, even if it cuts our number down. If we 
want more piivileges, why not get on our knees and 
ask God if he really means what he says, or if we 
cannot be saved without it. A little girl once said: 
"If God did not mean what he said, why did he not 
say what he meant? " We must work out our own 
salvation, and the Bible will be our judge in the last 

; years ago 


church ha 

_an entertainment to get money for some repairs. 
That evening I met one of the young men of that 
church and asked him why he was not there. He 
said: " I always went to such places; but this week 
some one asked me if it is wrong to go, and I decid- 
ed if there is a doubt I will stay away." 

From this incident I too learned a lesson. We 
never ask if it is wrong to go to a prayer meeting. 
So if there is a doubt about where we go and what 
we do, let us get on the safe side, and do it now. 
Instead of going to people for advice, let us go to 
God wllo is living yet and always will. Bless his holy 

20} B St., N. E., Washington, D. C. 



All life is from God, and there are few things in 
nature more wonderful than the divine vitality en- 
folded and embodied in .a little seed. There are 
seeds which to us seem useless — probably because 
we do not know their value and utility — which, 
when buried in the ground, retain their life for many 
years. The sward covers them; they make no sign, 
but sleep on year after year; but let the plowshare 
disturb their rest, and turn them up to the sunshine, 
and they spring forth to life as if they had been 
buried but a day. Animal life is often destroyed by 
cold, but this seems to have no effect upon the life 
embodied in seeds. No mortal can understand the 
mysterious energies which lie enwrapped in the little 

There is, however, a precious thought connected 
with seed-sowing, and that is that there may be 
fruit, though growth is long deferred. Just as the 
seeds sown in the soil may survive freezing and 
thawing and pass through the changes of years, and 
yet at length spring forth to life, so the Word of 
God, buried in the human heart, may endure the 
vicissitudes of cold and heat, and lie buried through 
many years, and then suddenly spring forth, filled 
with divine energy, to beautify and bless mankind. 
Let us, then, not be discouraged in our sowing. 

" Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters." Isa. 
32: 20. " In the morning sow thy seed, in the even- 
ing withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not 
whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether 
they both shall be alike good." Eccl. 11; 6. No 
mortal can know \\o\\' long buried seed may lie 
dormant, and yet retain divine vitality, and spring 
forth at last, to bear fruit and bless the world. 

There is much in this world which does not seem 
to lis to be in the divine onler. There are contend- 
ing elements and antagonistic forces, and often we 
find disorder, contusion, strife and every evil work. 
It is a comfort to know that over all there is a su- 
preme, an omniscient, an almighty Ruler, who 
" worketh all things after the counsel of his own 
will," who maketh even the wrath of man to praise 
him, and who " doeth according to his will in the ar- 
my of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the 
earth; and none can stay his hand, or say unto him. 
What doest thou?" Eph.'i: 11; Ps, 76: 10; Dan. 

It is for us to seek righteousness and meekness, 
to seek that true goodness which is well pleasing 
in the sight of God. and in lowliness and obedience 
follow the Master whithersoever he goeth. And 
then we may have confidence that he will keep our 
feet so that they shall not slide, that he will 
strengthen us to withstand the assaults of our ene- 
mies and that he will in his own good time bring us 
through the desert into the land of peace and bless- 
edness, the rest that remaineth for the people of 
God. Ps. 145: 9. 

Bozobells, N. Dak. 


ght have 

A WISE old brother once said to a y 
you would be great, help others," \] 
added, " If you wish to be happy, make oth 


As we sit around our comfortable fires during the 
cold wintry days, do we ever think of the desolation 
in the world? We may come even closer home, 
and think of the privation and want among our own 
Brotherhood, The law saith, " Thou shall open 
thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and 
to thy needy, in thy land," Deut, 15: II, Jesus 
says, " For ye have the poor with you always, and 
whensoever ye will ye may do them good," Hence 
we do not lack for opportunity. 

Our liberalities generally run in the wrong direc- 
tion, and go to a class of people who are not in need, 
and therefore not made happy. Too often I fear we 
give to those who have given to us, or from whom 
we expect a recompense in this world, - Such giving 
is for value received and fails to make people hap- 
py. " It is more blessed to give than to receive," 
and therefore it makes people happy to give. We 
should not only give such things as are worn out, 
or spoiling, or sickly or soiled, or of no use to us, 
but give until we feel it, then at least one person 
will be made happy, if a pure motive has prompted 
the donation. 

Then we should use judgment in bestowing our 
gifts,— give to the poor and needy. We have breth- 
ren and sisters who are able and willing but unhap- 
py because they do not know what to give or to 
whom to give. A close investigation of the Scrip- 
tures will help along this line. There is one partic- 
ular class of people that I wish to plead for, whom 
I will designate as " church servants." W^ have 
5 elders, ministers, deacons, and fathers and 
s in Israel, — people who have spent their en- 
their time, their money and worn out their 
for the salvation of mankind. Old age and 
looking in at their doors. They 
too modest to tell their wants; still they would 
be made happy by eating the fruit of their labors. 
Their physical wants may be supplied, and yet they 
would appreciate as a gift a new Bible with large 
print or some other good books, or the Gospel 
Messenger for one year. 

Dear reader, if you want to make some poor soul 
happy and you know of any of the class above rep- 
resented, send one dollar for each name sent, to the 

them I 


Brethren Publishing House, Mt. Morris, 111., and 
have the Me,ssenger sent to them one year. Be- 
sides making them happy you may get quite a lot 
of comfort yourself. 
Hawthorn, Fla. 



Chaiigesin.Stauding Committee. — Prior to the eight- 
ies brethren served on the Standing Committee year 
after year; some almost a generation. Thus Bro. 
Quinter was a member or officer of this committee 
almost every year from '55 to '85; others nearly as 
long. But with the growth of the Brotherhood it 
was thought good to limit the term until we have 
reached ,the point that no brother can be his own 
successor in this body. And this radical rule has 
worked well. It was feared that it would bring too 
many inexperienced brethren at once into this body. 
But last year settled this objection, for we had quite 
an experienced committee,— fourteen new members 
and twenty-four old, two of whom served as long 
ago as '69; thirteen of whom had served from three 
to seven times, and whose aggregate experience 
was fifty-three years. So we had quite an experi- 
enced committee, and so will we ever have. 

Changes in otlwr Committees. — The desire is mani- 
festing itself to change all committees. This may 
not work so well. Take our Missionary and Tract 
Committee. Who can direct and manage this great 
work so well as those* who have experience? Take 
for instance Bro. D. L. Miller fand as he is on the 
other side of the earth, perhaps he will not need to 
hear what I say), who has visited and worked in all 
our foreign missionary fields and whose course and 
judgment in this work have met with such general 
approval. Who among us could step into his shoes 
and do the work that he is capable of doing? 

And so of the committee publishing our periodi- 
cals. Who could take hold and direct our publish- 
ing interests so well as those who have made it their 
profession for years? This desire for change may 
be run to extremes. Why not ask tor a change in 
the elders and ministers and deacons too? Our 
Conference decided well when she said, " As often 

And with the safeguards thrown around the pub- 
lishing interests, with the Advisory Committee, to 
which each church can appeal for correction, and 
with the "open report " before Annual Meeting of 
the doings of our Missionary and Tract Committee, 
with the annual auditing of its books by a special 
committee, with the privilege to come before the 
Conference each year to revise and correct any mis- 
takes of these several committees, and with the fur- 
ther fact that the publishing interests arc the prop- 
erty of the Brotherhood, the profits of which go to 
spread the Gospel, permit me to say, by way of con- 
clusion, that it would not only be injudicious to' start 
other papers, hut also, as our Conference has decided, 

Neiu Lebanon, Ohio. 



Part I.— Essential Elements In Successful Preaching. 

We hesitate to launch out upon this subject, lest 
the endlessness of the applications of the essential 
elements of preaching may have a bad effect upon 
the preacher, just as preaching sometimes, because 
of the endless definitions used, has a bad effect up- 
on the congregation, leading them to believe that a 
Christian life is a complicated thing, thus discourag- 
ing them in their attempt to live it. 

The principles of preaching are iev, very broad 
and plain, but the applications of them are endless. 
There are two essential elements, truth and person- 
ality, or rather, we might «ay, but one, truth 
through personality. This was the method em- 
ployed by Christ, as well as by the apostles and oth- 
ers whom Christ sent out to preach. 


The truth originated from the Father above and 
is sent out through his messengers. The particular 
method of sending out this truth and estabhshing it 
in the hearts of men, which method we now call 
preaching, is the communication of the truth by 
man to men. The preacher is therefore the medi- 
um divinely appointed, through which the truth 
flows from God to the hearts of men. The preach- 
er's highest degree of culture therefore should en- 
able him to transmit this truth in all its fullness and 
power. Hut, like the waterpipe, or the electric cable 
the minister often finds himself corroded or partly 
filled with sediment, incapacitating him for the full 
and free discharge of his duties. 

Sometimes, when the preacher has made great 
and earnest efforts, and knows that he has produced 
excellent logic and profound thought, he wonders 
why people do not flock to hear him. Often he 
comes to the conclusion that it is because the peo- 
ple are well supplied with reading, good books and 
literature. He knows that almost any person in his 
community can, on a Sunday morning, take down 
from his shelf a volume richer in thought than any- 
thing he can produce, hence he is led to justly con- 
sider the question, " Will the time come when 
preaching will cease because the jjeople will not 
come out to hear? " 

At first thought we might conclude that the ten- 
denc)f is in that direction, but not so. So long as 
the preacher docs not fail in the two elements, truth 
and personality, the people will come out to hear. 
When he fails in either of these he ceases to preach. 
Truth carried to the heart of men through the per- 
sonality of man is preaching, and so long as man, 
as the preacher, performs his function, men will 
come to hear. The truth is the messa'ge. I John I : 
5, "This is the message which we have heard of him 
and declare unto you." The personality is the wit- 
ness, I John s: 10, " He that belicveth on the Son of 
God hath the witness in himself," 

The preacher must keep the message before him 
and he must not forget that he himself is the wit- 
ness. Tile preacher must preach so that when he is 
done he himself will be forgotten, but the truth, the 
message, remembered. The minstrel who sang so 
beautifully, exhibiting his musical ability, was 
praised for his skill, and memories of the individual 
still cling to the mind, but the message boy who 
came running, breathless, in great haste with a mes- 
sage burning upon his lip, is forgotten while the 
message is remembered. The personality of the 
preacher must be like the message boy, — lost to the 
mind when the message is delivered and received. 

To preach Christ is to tell it as a message and not 
as a problem. No matter if the message has been 
told ten thousand times; some hearts have not yet 
received it. The message is good ami cheering and 
it brings new joy to the hearts that have already re- 
ceived it; which joy too often is clouded by a fatal 
attempt to prove the message true by an intricate, 
though logical, system of reasoning. The personal- 
ity of the preacher must be the witness to prove the 
message to be true. Paul says, " Ye are living epis- 
tles, known and read of all men." 

The preaching must not be mechanical. The 
instrumentalities of the church are good and need- 
ful, but the preacher preaches by them, he does not 
preach them. He must preach Christ, and not 
about him. To do this he must have largeness of 
thought and freedom of action. I do not mean by 
this that he must be liberal in thought so as to ac- 
cept and sanction every religious belief and opinion, 
for he has nothing to do with false theories. But he 
must have largeness of thought, so as to apply the 
unlimited boundless truth in the most reverential 
manner to the smallest wants and sorrows of men, 
unbound and unrestrained by dogmatic limitations. 

The preacher must be himself. There is a tend- 
ency to destroy the individual personality. It is 
seen, first, in great things,— in the tendencies of all 
ages .past to draw a line of orthodoxy within the 
lines of truth; that ii to preach dogmatic theories 
or creeds to the exclusion of the larger truth; sec- 
ond, in little things, such as in the uniforms preachers 
wear, the language they use. the tone of voice, the 

gestm'e and in many other minor things which the 
tendency is to adopt for no reason other than the 
desire to be like other preachers. While many of 
these things are creditable accomplishroents, we 
should wisely and earnestly labor to arrest the tend- 
ency in them to destroy the individual personality 
of the preacher. The preacher should be original; 
but there are two kinds of originality, one superfi- 
cial, the other from the heart. God must be back 
of every motive that prompts the preacher to act. 
Logical, philosophic sympathy, however original, 
has no balm in it. 

Daniel Webster's remark about eloquence, that it 
was " the man, the subject and the occasion," is not 
wholly applicable to the preacher. True, the sub- 
ject and the occasion lend enchantment and make 
the preacher's work easier, but the successful preach- 
er, he who imparts truth througli personality, ap- 
plies the loftiest truths to the humblest needs. In- 
deed he knows no distinction in truth, and does not 
fail to send it home to the hearts of men, whenever, 
wherever, and for whatever needed. When this is 
done he has accomplished the full result. 

Of these two essentials, truth and personality, 
truth is a fixed quantity, personality is a growing ele- 
ment, capable of cultivation. Truth is in demand; 
if it is not, then the preacher by his personality 
must cause it to be. The power for winning souls is 
in the right application of these two elements. 

Gknford, Ohio. 

Jan. 28, 18 


The Nobleman's Son Healed.— John 4: 43-54. 
Lcssoit for Feb. J, iSqq. 
The first thought we have in thfs lesson is the ef- 
fects of his first miracle performance at Cana of 
Galilee. As we read about that miracle the thought 
comes to us. What kind of effects would follow a 
circumstance of this kind, and what would be the 
feelings left on the minds of those who saw it or 
heard about it? It is not at all likely that this 
nobleman was present at the marriage named, yet 
he heard of it; and that, too, from responsible par- 
ties. We say this from the fact that he not only 
had taken notice of the event, but he also had faith 
and confidence in the man who performed the mira- 

/ard into the 

From this place Christ goes 
uid of Judea. And after remaining there for a 
season he again returns to Galilee. And on this 
return we have the subject of our lesson. And we 
must not forget that this one grew out of the first 
miracle performed at Cana. So you can see that 
though there seems to have been no immediate stir 

in reference to it, yet Christ's sowing h 
early harvest. The thought is, to do 
means something. And when there is no 
harvest cannot come. And yet many of 1 
comfort ourselves in the hope that a h: 

.ught an 

s seem to 
rvest will 

come though we sow not— that we may get : 

thing out of nothing. 

Jesus recognized " that there was some truth in 
the old proverb that a prophet hath no honor in his 
country." But he did not, because of this, get 
down on the stool of do-nothing, as too many of us 
do. He opened up the possibilities so that results 
might follow. And he did it so well that we have 
this lesson as a result. No matter how unpromising 
a field-for labor may appear, if we are in it, the best 
thing we can do is to get to work— do some sowing. 
This alone can give us a hope for a harvest. If it 
doesn't come, we have at least prepared for possi- 

As Jesus returned to Cana, this nobleman, though 
some twenty miles away, heard of it. And at the 
time he had a son who was dangerously sick. All 
known means for his recovery had failed. What 
would he do? And as he was trying to decide tlie 
question he thought of the Cana miracle and the 
man who performed it. How many miracles he per- 
formed in the interim we don't know. Perhaps one 
was sufficient. In this one we have the elements of 

love and power. If he had love for his fellow-man 
he would hear h^s plea. And if he had power, he 
would heal his son. He believed and he acted it 
out. Faith without works is dead. Had he re- 
mained at home his son would have died. He 
might have sent his servants, but this was not 
enough. He wanted to come within touch of the 
man himself. His errand was a very sacred one. 
On it, as he believed, depended the life of his boy; 
so that a personal interview was wanted. He leaves 
the sick son in the care of the household and goes 
on his journey. And it is exceedingly interesting 
to follow on the way with this stricken father. 

Have you ever gone for a physician for a very 
sick friend— a child, or perhaps a wife? What 
fears, what hopes then, give spurs to your horse 
with the thought. If I can only get the physician 
there in time the life of my friend, my child, my 
wife, will be spared! He went; he found, "and be- 
sought him that he would come down, and heal his 
son." Then the Master, to test his faith, saith unto 
him, " Except ye see signs and wonders ye will not 
believe." The answer is very suggestive. Look at 
it and see not only the faith but also the earnestness 
of the man. " Sir, come down ere the child die." 
With him it was not a matter of faith, but of time. 
He felt sure that if the Master could get there in 
time it would be all right. He had not yet learned 
that the power consisted not so much in the' physi- 
cal touch as in the touch of faith. But he learned 
this, and he learned it soon and well. He had that 
overcoming faith that we all so much need. 

When Jesus said. Go, he went, and the best of it 
is, he went believing. For him it was enough to hear 
the words, " Thy son liveth." And the man "be- 
lieved the word that Jesus had spoken." Can the 
same be said of us? How many of our sons and 
daughters and members of our classes would be 
saved from their sickness of sin if we could believe 
as this man did? 

Was he disappointed in his believing? How fast 
he walked homeward we are not told, but we would 
not wonder if he ran on his way. But he need' not" 
wait so long to have the assurance of his hopes. 
When the household saw the change the servants 
were started out to meet him that he might sooner 
get the good news; and by them it was again said, 
" Thy son liveth." Here was joy that comes 
through believing. And much of the same joy 
could we have would we believe as this man did. ' 

But there was still another believing. It was 
more and better than the gripping a son from physi- 
cal death. When they returned to the home, and 
found the time of the healing of the son corre- 
sponded with the time that the Christ said, " Thy 
son liveth," himself and his whole house believed. 
Not only that he had' the power to do miracles 
and heal the sick, but that he was truly the Son of 
God— the Christ, the Savior of the world, that he 
had the power to heal the maladies of sin, liberate 
from the power of sin, and make men and 
free. Lord, give us more of this taith. h. 

■••• SERMON '• OUTLINE*..- 



13: 24-30; 36-43. 

Introduction.— The scope of the parable is for eternity, the 
:entral point the tares. 
I. The Field (Being Planted.) 

1. Any place where seed is sown. Under Christ's minis- 
try it was only Jerusalem and surroundings. 

2. The visible church, then and now. 

3. The whole world. IVtatt. 28; 19, 20. 
II. The Field Cared for. 

1. Watching and weeding. 

2. Whatever care, some bad seed will get in. \ 

3. Not to pull lest wheat be destroyed. 
III. The Reaping. 

I. Angels, not mortals, to reap. 

3. Destiny. 
Conclusion.— A reaping time will come to all sowing. 
Eiilsar, India. 


General Missionary 

...Tract Department. 

) General Mlsslor 

Qet people to think right and they 
to do right. 

A rich man is he who knows that gt 
great gain. 

If we say, " Thy kingdom c 
heart, every one of us will be i 

The preacher make; 
lut mare Gospel in hij 
n his practice. 

mistake who tries 
caching than he does 

It is stated that the Chinese Y. M. C. A. ir 
San Francisco has recently sent £42,000 to Can- 
ton, China, as a contribution by the Chinese of 
San Francisco for the evangelization of theii 

A temperance society has been organized in 
St. Petersburg, Russia, which includes a broth- 
er of the reigning Czar, a high dignitary of the 
Greek church, and the ministers of all the de- 
partments of government. 

It was a fioldier, weary with campaigning 
against a crafty foe, who said, " The only good 
Indian is a dead Indian." Looking at the re- 
sults attained among the Indians by faithful 
missionary work, it would be more correct 
say; " The only good Indian is a converted I 
t that is equally true of e 

Giving of a tenth or more is a practical 
ognition that all we have belongs to God and 
we only hold it as his stewards. " Occupy till 
I come," should be the motto of every Chris- 
tian. It should prompt him to every action, 
o..d influence him to remember the Lord's 
work in a practical, systematic way. The 
tenth, honestly devoted to the Lord's work, 
will lead to greater 

Concerning the beneficial effects of medi- 

:al missions it may well be said that now the 
' lancet is more powerful than the sword." 
iy means of the kind ministrations of the phy- 
iician, entrance has been gained where the 
iword has failed to conquer. 



-Everything seems to move on here as usu- 
al. There is about as much anticipation, talk, 
and planning for Christmas as if we were in the 

— Bro, Stover goes to Bombay to-day to meet 
Bro. Miller, Sister Miller and Sister Mae Oiler. 
They are expected to land to-morrow morning. 
We bid them a glad welcome to Uulsar. 

— Bro. Forney goes to-morrow to Navsari, 
twenty miles north of herff, where he rents a 
building into which he expects to move about 
the first of January. Here he will open up 3 
new field of work for the Master. 

^It is rumored that the plague has again bro 
ken out in Bulsiij ; the doctor reports two cases 

—I have had a little touch of chills and fe 
ver, but have conquered them now. I spent 
five days in the hospital at Bombay. Being in 
Bombay and having chills and fever every day, 
it was better and cheaper to go to the hospital 
than to remain in a hotel. One can get t 
ment, nursing and everything for one rupee 
(about 33 cents) per day at the European hos- 
pital, or he can go up as high as four rupees, 
depending on the ward he goes into. At the 
hotel your lodging and board would cost more 
than everything at the hospital. I make this 
explanation because many think one is very ill, 
almost hopeless, when one goes to a hospital. 
A hospital is tlie best and cheapest place to be 
sick in this country. 

— We might remark that in attending the 
Haskell lectures in Bombay we were responsi- 
ble for all extra expense, and not the mission. 
Mission money is not so used. 

—All are well at the orphanage except the 
widow for whom they have been caring. She 
is very sick. 

Dec. 16. ^_^^ 


Industrial work, by which missions may bi 
made largely self-supporting, is deserving of 
more attention than it probably gets. It pre- 
sents several advantages: (i) By a judicious 
management the expense of a mission station 
is much reduced; (2) more work can be accom- 
phshedby the means available; (3} it cultivates 
a commendable spirit of helpfulness in those 
whom the missionary effort seeks to benefit. 

A mission worker gives us something to 
think about. Read it carefully: " We claim to 
be free from the law; but how much advance 
have we made in our giving? We give noth- 
ing in comparison to the Jew, and it would be 
a blessed thing if we should take as Christ's 
yoke the Jewish law of giving. Take a small, 
poor church; let every member pay his half 
shekel; add to that at least one-tenth of his 
yearly income; add to both these whatever 
free-will offering a faithful heart may prompt, 
and the poorest church will have more money 
than is needed to pay all necessary expenses, 
and carry on alt work of benevolence. 1 be- 
lieve any church that would be bold and self- 
sacrificing enough to adopt this Bible standard 
of giving, would help to usher in the very dawn 
of the millennium." 

Some years ago Karl Hitter called New Zea- 
land the standing wonder of the day. It has 
been Christianized almost in one generation. 
In 1814 nu ship captain could be found adven- 
turous enough to bring the missionary, Mars- 
den, to its shores and he was obliged to char- 
ter a brig for that purpose. Now it has three 
bishops, twenty-seven native pastors, its native 
church council, and 20,000 native Christians. 
Cannibalism is unknown, and heathenism near- 
ly extinct. In the Celebes, 80,000 of the 114,000 
inhabitants have been won to the Christian 
faith. The Sandwich Islands have been recog- 
nized as a Christian nation since 1863. All the 
Islands of the Pacific have been largely Chris- 
tianized and it would be difficult to find a pro- 
fessed idolater in the islands of central or east- 
ern Polynesia, where missions have been estab« 

r China in the Chi 

Dec. ii, l8g8. Dr. Young J. Allen gave a lec- 
ture in Atlanta, Ga.. on the above subject. Dr. 
Allen has been a missionary in China for 
about forty years, having left America in 1858. 
He gave such an interesting and practical talk 
that those who heard it thought it might be of 
interest to the readers of this paper. 

His first thought was that we and the Chi- 
nese do not understand each other. Each 
looks upon the other as an inferior people. 
The people we see in the United States and 
call Chinese arc not such in reality. They are 
tribes conquered by the Chinese and are looked 
upon as foreigners by the Chinese themselves. 
The tribes have, however adopted Chinese 
customs to some extent, and read the Chinese 
written language although there are many 
dialects in China. 

The Chinese have reached the apex of hea- 
then civilization, excelling that of the Greeks 
and Romans. They are not a military people 
but despise soldie: 
for Japan's easy vi 
na-Japan war. 

China has conquered every heathen nation 
which her civilization has touched. Japan for- 
merly had her laws and customs from China. 
They number four hundred millions and the 
written language of China reaches over five 
hundred millions of people. This is more than 
can be said of any other language in the world. 
China is one million square miles larger than 
the United States. She has been extremely 
exclusive in the past. She did not wish to 
come in touch with western civilization. 

Our aggressive civilization has two great and 
immeasurable forces, foreign commerce and 
foreign missions. They go hand in hand and 
mould everything they touch. They have had 
their effect i-pon China and the fruits are being 
seen and felt today. The great entering wedge 
came after the opium war in 1843. between 
England and China. When the treaty was 
made it provided that foreign nations in China 
should have complete control of their own sub- 
jects. At that lime five ports were opened to 
foreign commerce and it was understood that 
foreigners could reside only at open ports. To 

the conditions of the treaty it was 
provided that each foreign nation demanding 
it should be granted a certain territory outside 
the walls of these ports where their own peo- 
ple could live and govern themselves. At 
Shanghai, as an illustration, the Americans 
took one square mile, England one square 
mile and France one-half square mile. Inside 
this territory the Chinese had no rights. After 
awhile the Chinese saw that the government in 
this territory was so much superior to their own 
that many begged privilege to live there. At 
present three hundred thousand of the wealthi- 
est and most intelligent Chinese live in this 
foreign territory. China did not see what the 
result of that clause in the treaty would be. 
They simply thought it would save her the 
trouble of governing these contemptible for- 
eigners. Later on a similar treaty was entered 
into with Japan. She did not like that clau: 
being afraid there was something in it she could 
not just see. So at the end of ten years she 
asked to have that clause stricken out of the 
treaty but the western nations would not con- 
After awhile Japan seeing that she was not 
upon an equality with the western nations be- 
gan to inquire how she could come into the com- 
ity of nations. She was told she must qual- 
ify. This word was not defined and Japan be- 
gan to look around to see how she must pro- 
ceed to qualify. She began to adopt western 
dress and customs. Some of these attempts at 
qualifying were very ludicrous. "One day," 
said the speaker, " I saw an officer in the army, 
riding along at the head of his troops, wearing 
a plug hat, a dress or swallow-tail coat and for 
pants a pair of drawers." This was what ih' 
speaker termetl the pollywog or tadpole stage 
of Japan's development. One couldn't tell just 
what it might prove to be. In this (qualifying 
process she found it necessary to reconstruct 
her Army, Navy and educational system. She 
employed foreigners to do this for her to some 
extent. To England she gave the constructing 
of her navy, to France the organizing of th£ 
army and to Americans the departments of ed- 
ucation and agriculture. From time to time 
Japan kept asking how much more she must 
do to qualify. At last England agreed that in 
iSoQshe would grant comity to japan. Soon 
after this the China-Japan war came on and 
other nations held back from making this agree- 
ment, to see how Japan would conduct herself 
in that war. She was closely watched by all 
other nations and proved herself very satisfac- 
tory to all. She carried out the laws of civil- 
ized warfare in her hospital service and the 
care of wounded and captured of the enemy. 
So now all other nations will accept Japan into 
the comity of civilized nations in this year 1899. 
Now China has at last been made willing to 
"qualify." She wants to obtain the same priv- 
ileges as Japan has. She gave Dr. Allen au- 
thority to make out a complete curriculum of 
studies for the whole empire from the highest 
university down to the lowest grade. He made 
out this system and it is now being adopted. 
He even wrote a great many of the text books. 
He has written, translated and compiled about 
170 different volumes. Last year the govern- 
ment published and sold over 400,000 of his 
books. China is now making concessions for 
railroads and a new era of development is at 
hand. China is rich in resources, mineral and 
agricultural. Since she is allowing foreign cap- 
ital and enterprise to enter and help develop 
these resources, her qualifying process will con- 
tinue to develop at a still more rapid rate. It 
is of great interest to Americans now to look 
after the trade of China as it will be worth many 
millions of dollars to us now, since she is be- 
ginning to purch.ise more and more foreign 
goods. The history of China made willing is 
a chapter of unwritten history and shows how 
ChUstian civilization moulds everything which 
it touches. China unwillingly has been /nude 

III.— Aiinolla Yarger, Ornngevillc. ?s; Linic A. 
Hope. Grantl Deloiir. 5oi.cnts: Frederick Biickinc- 
( ...n^i-'Hn. *^ ,,: Mrs. Maria Corrcll. Mt. 

.\.-F.. C. WiiUinct. MRJIard, U: Mrs. A. J, 
Shrador. Grccnfidd, «3i W. C- Kimmcl, Slicldon, 

. »I9G 6 


W.Va.-J.F. Ross.Slmpsoii 50 

Ohio.— H. R.SwIliart 50 

iND.—MntlleMattliewa. Sulphur SpriiiKS so 

Totnl, . .' I I So 

Mission Receipts for Jan, 


[Money donated to this fund will be used at homt 
true basis,— to lie used where needed, and it is hoped t 
ithi^rwise designated, will be acknowledged under 1 

iND.— Spring Creek ch.. iia.ii; Solomon's Creek 

I M. Smith. Swale 

9 Creek ch.. I8.30; 
le. East Salem, I4; 
, fs: Moiilgomcry 

INU.-Sarnh DcuUr, Syr.iLiisc J 1 00 

Md.— Cherry Grove ell So 

Total » 1 50 

I :ni \ m;-I'Ii \\ \r.K. 

Kans.-CIhII. : .1 ■ ,.... . . - S., (18.30; si:< 

tleboys. K.,1: * .To 30 

I'A.-EvA M , -iM,,.,' S 00 

Wis.-Naiic> A, V..^,:...i., .. .-,.0, J.iss. Barron. . ■ zo 

Total (36 50 

NllBK.-Foiir concerts. Uuatricc, %b\ ). E. Young 

idvvik". Beatrice. (4: lotui I 10 00 

INU.— Spring Cieekch 50 

Total, * I 1050 

Nuniberoflr;icls sent out in December .lO.g.'M 

January i-io.— In tliu World-Wide Mission Fund the 
S-oo credited as Intcrcsl from loan to Los Angeles 
lurch. Cal., should have gone lo (he principal o( the 

Our Prayer Meeting. 

Heb. 13: 14- 

For Week Ending Feb. 11. 

I. Wheke Believers Walk. 

1. In the old paths. Jer. 6: 16. 

2. Not in the counsel of the ungodly. Ps. 

3. Not after the flesh. 2 Cor. ro: 2. 

4. Not patterning after this world. Ei>h. 

II. How Believers Walk. 

1. In the light. Ex. 13:21; John 8: 12. 

2. In safety. Ex. 1.1: 22; Josh. 3: 17. 

3. At liberty. Ps. f 19: 4S; Uan. 3: 25. 

4. Humbly. Micah 6: 8. 

5. In peace. Mai. 2: 6. 

6. By faith. 2 Cor. 5: 7- 
III. Some OF THE Travelers. 

[. Abraham. Heb. 11; 8-10. 

2. Moses. Heb. 11:24-26. 

3. Uavid. Ps. 130:7-14. 

4. Daniel. Dan. 6: 22, 26-28. 


Jan. 28, 18 

The Gospel Messenger, 


Brethren Publishing House, 

The General Missionary and Tract Committee, 

Subscription, $1.50 per Annum in Advance. 

>ubllshl0K Hou*c. 

Bro. John Wither is holding a series of mcet- 
igs in the Elizabethtown congregation, Pa. 

We regret to learn that Bro. Thos. D. Lyon is suf- 
fering from the ^rr/i/i-. We .hope he may speedily 

Bro. D. C. Stutsman should be addressed at 177 
Alexander St., Atlanta, Ga., instead of at lOiS N. 
Main St., Dayton, Ohio. 

Bro. John Heckman, of Polo, III., is booked for 
a series of meetings at West Branch, commencing 
on Sunday evening, Jan. 29. 

We have received the first three copies of the 
Children ni Work for September, 1897. If some one 
will send us the last one we shall be greatly obliged. 

A MAN of great wealth recently said that there 
was but one thing he feared, and that was the grave. 
The grave will do him no harm. It is the judgment 
that he needs to fear. 

Bro. Jacob B. Shjvely departed this life Jan. 15 
He was a faithful brother and will be greatly missed 
in the community where he lived. We give an ex- 
tended notice on another page. 

Six were received into the church by baptism and 
four reclaimed at Hollowtown, Ohio, Whiteoak con- 
gregation. Such is the result of a series of meet- 
ings conducted there by Bro, B. S. Landess. 

The Brethren at Goshen, Ind., have purchased a 
lot on which to erect their proposed meetingliouse. 
The lot is very conveniently located near the center 
of the city, and will answer its intended purpose 
most admirably. 

Since December the Brethren have been holding 
meetings in Dixon, 111. There are about ten mem- 
bers in this city and services are held every two 
weeks. These services are well attended and the 
outlook is encouraging. 

Bro. W. E. Roop, whom we left sick at Naples, is 
expected to reach New York this week. When last 
heard from his health was improving. His many 
friends will be glad to welcome him home. He is 
accompanied by Mr. Metsker. 

We have on the hook another good article from 
Bro. Miller. It will appear next week. He writes 
us that the spirit of writing is upon him, and that he 
may send us still more communications. We are 
certain that our readers will enjoy the productions 
of his pen. 

The meetings in the Union house, Markleysburg, 
Pa., closed with twelve additions by baptism and 
two applicants. The meetings were conducted by 
the ho.-ne ministers. This goes to show that good 
work can be done without getting ministerial help 
from abroad. 

Seven children— four boys and three girls— the 
oldest fourteen years of age, raised an acre of 
wheat and turned the proceeds,, over to the 
mission work of the church. Sometimes the little 
ones set good examples. They often show more 
zeal and faith than their elders. 

Meeting for the Southern District 
tvillbeheld at York April 12. 

The Di; 
of Pennsyl 

Writing from Bulsar, India, Bro. D. L. Miller 
says all are well and that they are as much pleased 
with India as they were before. 

Seven have been added to the Win 
Ind., recently and one reclaimed. Bro 
preached the Word for the Brethren. 

The Brethren at Morrill, Kans., have just closed a 
very successful Bible term, conducted by Bro. C. E. 
Arnold. The members are much encouraged. 

The special Bible term at North Manchester, 
Ind., is reported to be very interesting. Ten have 
been baptized and there is one applicant. Bro. T. 
T. Myers is helping in the work. 

Not all the clerks of the District Meetings that 
have been held since last Annual Meeting have sent 
us copies of their minutes. We want the minutes of 
all the meetings. It will be well if clerks will at* 
tend to this as soon as their minutes are printed. 

We had thought we could have the Revised Min- 
utes ready to send out by Feb. i, but we find that it 
is impossible to do so. Just how early in the month 
the book will be ready we are not now able to say, 
but we shall push the work on it as much as pos- 

The work at Batavia, 111., a mission point under 
the care of the District Mission Board of Northern 
Illinois, is in a prosperous condition. Bro. L. A. 
Pollock is laboring there. A series of meetings 
conducted in that place recently by Bro. P. B. Fitz- 
water, resulted in five additions to the church. 

In company with some of the Brethren we spent 
last week in Indiana, visiting Plymouth, South 
Bend, Goshen and Elkhart. We met a number of 
the Brethren and would have liked to meet with 
more of them, but time would not permit. They 
seem to be fully alive to the work the Master has 
entrusted to them, and are greatly concerned in all 
that tends to advance the cause of Christ in their 
own and other parts of the Brotherhood. 

Some time ago a Kokomo (Ind.) paper published 
the following: "An Anderson man with a 'grass- 
widow' for a bride spent half the night in seeking 
a minister to perform the marriage ceremony. He 
was 'turned down' by every clergyman in the city 
and finally resorted to a justice of the peace. An- 
derson ministers have recently formed a 'social puri- 
ty ' organization, in which they pledge themselves 
not to marry divorced people, holding that no di- 
vorce, except on the grounds of adultery, is recog- 
nized by God." These preachers are on the right 
side of the question, and were all the ministers in 
the land to take a like stand and then preach the 
truth regarding divorce, the marriage relation would 
be held far more sacred than it now is by not a few. 

There are two main motives from which men act. 
One of them is policy and the other is principle. 
The policy man finds out which is the popular side 
of a question and then that is his side. It matters 
but little to him what his convictions are; he wants 
to be on the side where there is the greatest number 
or the most power. Such a man is repulsive. He 
is not really a man, for a man acts what he believes 
and lets results take care of themselves. The man 
of principle may act sometimes from policy; but he 
will never act contrary to what he is sure is right. 
He may believe a certain thing ought to be done. 
But as a prudent man he waits to see whether the 
proper time for doing it has come. We know 
where to find him, and when he says a thing we 
know he says it because he believes it and not be- 
cause some influential person or persons may have 
expressed the same opinion. He is a man to whom 
we can tie and feel sure that he will do what he be- 
lieves is right and for the best. We need many 
men of principle. Of the others we have more than 


Not long since the professor of philosophy in the 
Northwestern University decided to test some of 
the students regarding their knowledge of Bible 
history. He collected a company of one hundred 
students, explained to them his purpose, promising 
that no eye save his own should see their written 
answers, and then presented the following ques- 

1. What is the Pentateuch? 

2. What is the higher criticism of the Scriptures? 

3. Does the book of Jude belong to the-New Testament or 
to the Old? 

4. Name one of tiie patriarchs of the Old Testament. 

5. Name one of the judges of the Old Testament. 

6. Name three of the kings of Israel. 

7. Name three prophets. 

8. Give one of the Beatitudes. 

Q. Quote a verse from the Letter to the Romans. 

Ninety-six papers were returned, of which eight 
answered all of the questions correctly. Thirteen 
papers answered eight of the nine questions correct- 
ly; eleven answered seven; five answered six; nine 
answered five; twelve answered four; eleven an- 
swered three; thirteen answered two; eleven an- 
swered one and three answered none. Nearly two- 
thirds of the students knew what the Pentateuch is, 
but only one-third could quote a verse from the 
epistle to the Romans. 

The test as well as the result is suggestive. It 
might be well for each reader of the Messenger to 
pause at this point and answer the questions in his 
own mind. It would be interesting to know just 
how many can answer all of the questions correctly. 
The test might serve a good purpose in the family 
or in an advanced Sunday school class. Questions 
of this character betray the great amount of ignor- 
ance there is among the people regarding the Bible, 
and should prompt families as well as Sunday 
school workers and even ministers to greater efforts 
to impart more information regarding the Sacred 
Record. ^______ ' J- ^- M- 


Now and then we hear of some one who says that 
the Brethren Publishing House is a monopoly, and 
for that reason ought not to be encouraged. It is 
gratifying to know that the number holding this 
view is not large, and yet a few remarks on the sub- 
ject may not be out of place. If it is a monopoly it 
is most assuredly on the right and safe side of the 
question, for the reason that all of the profits aris- 
ing from operating the institution are employed for 

the public 
vate partit 

for the 

id, none of it whatever going to pri- 
Should the church grant to a few in- 
lission to conduct a publishing plant 
personal interest, and then protect 
them in the sole exercise of that privilege, there 
might be some grounds for calling the business a 
monopoly. But so long as the church owns the 
plant, and the public gets the benefit of the profits, 
we fail to see the justness of the charge of monopo- 
ly. The profits are used for preaching the Gospel, 
building meetinghouses and distributing good Chris- 
tian literature. In this way the public secures all 
the benefits resulting from the profits. 

The M. E. church supports a very large publish- 
ing business, netting some years a profit of $125,000, 
which is used for the purpose of caring for her su- 
perannuated ministers. No one ever thinks of call- 
ing the institution a monopoly, and yet it is pro- 
tected as well as owned by the church. Much de- 
pends upon the use made of the profits of a pro- 
tected institution as to whether it should be denom- 
inated as a " monopol)'." 

Suppose, however, that the church should permit 
individuals to publish church papers, or other pa- 
pers in competition with those published by the 
church. It would simply mean less profits for the 
preaching of the Gospel, the building of meeting- 
houses and the distribution o£ Christian literature in 



order to benefit the few persons running papers in 
competition with the church. Would it be wise in 
the church to thus permit the cutting down of the 
profits of her own publishing house and so lessen 
her capacity to render assistance to the need)', in or- 
der to fill the pockets of a few individuals? It 
seems to us that there is but one reasonable answer 
to this question. And since it is the purpose of the 
Brotherhood to increase her power for doing good 
by supporting but the one publishing house, it 
seems to us that it is neither fair nor just to call the 
institution a monopoly. J. H. M. 

witnessed the * 


may ha> 
ch was doubtle 
Then the sprir 


In the eighth chapter of Acts is an interesting ac- 
count of the conversion of the eunuch, a man of 
Ethiopia. Philip had just concluded a most suc- 
cessful meeting at Samaria, some distance north 
of Jerusalem, when he was told to go toward the 
south, unto the way that led from Jerusalem to 
Gaza. The latter place is to the southwest of Jeru- 
salem and near the Mediterranean Sea. There 
'seem to have been two roads leading to Gaza, one 
bearing off to the southwest, after leaving the lower 
pool of Gihon, and passing along the Valley of 
Roses, and the other following the line of the pres- 
ent, well-constructed road running from Jerusalem 
About four miles north of Hebron the 
shown where the ancient road branched 
ght and led across a part of the desert 

we know n 
: or more, for the ei 
attended by a number of servan 
is almost hourly visited by the 
lage near by, who come here to fill their large water 
d also to do their washing. There were near- 
.ly a dozen at the spring when we visited the place. 
We could see them coming and going all the while. 
As the country was more densely populated in the 
time of Christ than it is at this time, it is to be pre- 
sumed that more people came to the spring for wa- 
ter than may be seen now, and for that reason we 
may with much propriety conclude that the bap- 
tism was witnessed by not a few who happened to 
to be present on the occasion. j. h. m. 


to Hebroi 
traveler i 
off to the 
to Gaza. 

Along each route places are pointed out where 
tradition says the eunuch was baptized. It is to th( 
one on the way to Hebron that we call special at 
tention in this article. In order to reach the top of 
the hill where the ancient road branched off to 
Gaza, we ascend a long, gentle slope, and about half 
way up this slope, and to the left of the road, is 
what is known as Philip's Spring, or the place where 
the evangelist immersed the Ethiopian eunuch. 
Traces of an ancient church were formerly visible, 
but at present only a Mohammedan praying place is 
seen. The spring is not strong, but it is steady, and 
during the rainy season doubtless afforded a consid- 
erable amount of water. It flows through a pipe, 
protruding from the lower part of the wall of the 
praying place, into a large stone trough almost 
large enough to serve the purpose of a baptistry. 
In ancient times there was probably a large, well- 
constructed pool here, and this was kept full of wa- 
ter by the spring flowing into it. The surroundings 
as well as the remains of an ancient and somewhat 
extensive pavement in front of the spring, seem to 
indicate that it was at one time a place of some im- 
portance for the caravans. A better camping and 
watering place is hardly to be found along this 

It was probably a mile or more north of this 
spring that Philip approached the eunuch, and was 
invited to occupy a seat with him in the chariot. 
As they rode along the smooth highway, down a 
long, gentle slope, across a delightful valley, and 
then up the slope leading past the spring, occurred 
the conversation narrated in the chapter cited. 
When they approached the large and well construct- 
ed pool, the eunuch demanded Christian baptism. 
Down into the water went both the applicant and 
the administrator, where the rite was performed in 
a most impressive manner. We could hardly con- 
ceive of a more delightful place in which to bap- 
tize so distinguished a convert. 

It was our privilege to pass along this road, to 
look upon this historic spring, take a careful view 
of the situation and fix the surroundings in the 
mind. We endeavored to recall the impressive ser- 
vice of over 1800 years ago, when an inspired 
preacher approached the pool with a distinguished 
man of Ethiopia, heard his confession, and then led 
him into the water and immersed him. How many 


We are now in the depot at Chicago, the metrop- 
olis of the West. For cause unknown to us we got 
here three-quarters of an hour late and twenty-five 
minutes too late to catch the -train westward that 
was to take us to our destination, which meant a ten 
hour stay-over before we could get another train on 
our way. At first we had a feeling of disappoint- 
ment, as such happenings generally give. But the 
better feeling of resignation soon came to our relief. 
And then came the thought, what to do with the 

The thermometer was ranging somewhere about 
zero and the wind piercing, so that sight and friend 
seeing was not at all a desirable pastime. And had 
we desired tO' do the latter we were not posted on 
location, so that the thing we had to do was to wait 
and catch opportunities. A little business took us 
t on the street. And as we passed along we no- 
:ed on a large building the sign, " The Board of 
d the thought came. Why not go in and 
see how the people in there do business? And we 
went in and we looked and observed, and in spirit 
we mused. What they did there we don't know, 
more than that we saw these great manifestations of 
spirit— men talked loud, shouted and gesticulated 
with heads and hands, as if things of great impor- 
tance were being done. 

And we were made to think of the day of Pente- 
cost—the outpouring of the Spirit and the preach- 
ing of Peter. The intense earnestness, perhaps, was 
very similar, because the men acted as if the salva- 
tion of their souls depended on the results that 
would follow. They were exceedingly in earnest. 
And the thought came to us, What would Christ 
think of this? And are there any in the number 
that are followers of his? Paul speaks of being 
diligent and not slothful in business. These men 
certainly were not slothful i 
seemed to be pushing it to the u 
sibilities. But was it being done through the 
Christ spirit? 

As we were musing over it the thought came to 

us that when (fhrist was on earth there was no 

Board of Trade in Jerusalem, or in any of the cities 

i there such a thing known dur- 

mission in the world. He was 

the Orient, and was distinctively 

aid and did. He identified him- 

of the highest and best 

of the 

ir pos- 

of Israel. Nor w 
ing the time of h 
born and raised ii 
Oriental in all he 

self as a man among 
type of the times. 

The thought comes to us now. If Christ were to 
come into the world to-day as he did over eighteen 
hundred years ago, what would he do? Suppose he 
would return to his native land, Palestine, would he 
accept the Oriental life with its customs, dress and 
habits so far as they are moral, modest and right- 
eous? Or if he should come to America or even 
the city of Chicago, what would he do? Where 
would he stop and stay? Across the way we no- 
tice saloon touching saloon. What would he do 
about places of this kind? Is there anything in 
such places that is in touch with the mission for 

which he came? Became to break the power of 
sin and to give life to the dead (in sin). And sure- 
ly deadness is there. 

Then we think of this " Board of Trade." Would 
he go in there; if so, what would he do? Or, as we 
go up town we see by the way mission homes, " The 
Olive Branch Home," and quite an array of names 
of institutions having similar purposes. Would he 
go into these, or would he pass them by to visit the 
large and costly built and furnished cathedrals, 
temples and churches in the better parts of the 

Would he come and be at home in any of our 
cities, or would he strike for the quiets of country 
homes and country lives? Could he do his mission 
sooner and save the world better by mingling with 
the few and better class of people, as many of us 
seem to think, than to go where sin abounds and 
where her advocates are found on every hand? In 
other words, what is the attitude of the Christ to- 
day? If he were to come to the Chinese, would he, 
; them, be as one of them? And the same of 
of Africa, of England? Would he be Orien- 
tal, Asiatic, European, American or what, or all? 
We were asked, the other day, if Christ were to 
co[ne into the world to-day, whether he would 
adopt the Oriental gown and girdle or wear panta- 
loons, vest, coat and hat? It may seem simple to 
ask such questions. But you must remember that 
it is not more simple to ask them than to act them 

We have our ideal of the Christ of Bethlehem, of 
Nazareth and of Jerusalem. But have we ever 
modernized him and made him the " Christ of to- 
day? " We want to do this, we must do it, as he is 
the Christ of the world and of all ages. If his Phil- 
ip were to come to an inquiring Jew of the Orient 
to-day, what would he say? "If thou believest, 
thou mayest." Believe what? That Jesus is the 
Christ. Anything more? Peter, what would you 
say to-day? " Repent and be baptized." Nothing 
more. The Master said to Nicodemus, " Ye must 
be born again of water and the Spirit." And before 
leaving us he said we were to go into all the world 
—preach the Gospel to every creature— then bap- 
tize the believing ones; and after this "teach them 
the things I taught you, to observe all things what- 
soever I commanded you." And did you ever care- 
fully think what those things are? If not, we are 
not able to get before us the ideal of the Christ 
of to-day. And unless we have this, how are we to 
show him to the world? 

Have we countrified our Christ? And if so, can 
he be citified? Have we Americanized Christ? 
And if so, are we going to carry our Americanized 
Christ to Europe,, Asia, to the islands of the sea 
and the Orient? As you read these rambling 
thoughts we want you for a moment to close your 
eyes and take a look at your ideal Christ of to-day. 
If he is imaged in us, then we, in some way, must 
image him to others. How will we do it? In what 
way can we say to the world and the unsaved, 
"Look at me and see the Christ life?" Are we 
walking epistles, seen and read of all men? 

The Christ of to-day— when and how seen? 
There is a sense in which he is the same yesterday, 
to-day and forever. In this sense we see and show 
the Christ to the world. This is the Christ of to- 
day; a Christ that lives in the lives of men and 
women, independent of environments, customs and 
nationalities, races, Jew or Gentile, bond or free. 
" He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved," 
saved from the sins of the past, and started towards 
the Christ life. And to grow and continue in this 
life is, in the end, eternal life. Is this the Christ we 
have— our ideal Christ? If so, it doesn't matter 
where souls are, they may be made to see and re- 
ceive him in country, village, town or city. Who- 
soever will may be saved. ». b. b. 

THE c3-os:peIj nvEESsEisra-Ei^. 

Jan. 2S, 1S09. 



DEEM not that earth's crowning btiss 

Is found in joy alone; 
For sorrow, bitter though U be, 

Hath blessings all its own. 
From lips divine, like healing balm 

To hearts oppressed and torn, 
The heavenly consolation fell— 

" Blessed are they that mourn." 
Who never mourn'd hath ntver known 

What treasures grief reveals, 
The sympathies that humanize, 

The tenderness that heals. 
The power to look within the veil, 

Andlearn the heavenly lore, 
The key word to life's mysteries, 

So dark to us before. 
Supernal wisdom, love divine. 

Breathed thro' thelips which said, 
" O blessed are the souls that mourn. 

They shallbe comforted." 

— n'itliam Henry Bu\ 



Chkistmas is past; New Year's day is gone by, 
and now we can turn to our every-day duties and 
engage in our usual pursuits. Some received many 
a fine present and kind invitations for enjoyment 
during the holidays, and yet are glad that they are 
past. Where much is given, much is required; and 
the busy fingers that must be even busier when pre- 
sents and dinners and costumes and entertainments 
are to be prepared and given, are glad for a little 
cessation from the constant demands. But there arc 
some who could not make presents and did not re- 
ceive any, who made no glad visits, and received 
none, to whom the happy time brought only sadness. 
Do we know of any such? Too late now to send 
a Christmas present or a New Year card. But 'tis 
never too late for the true Christian to do good and 
make weary hearts glad. Christ had no particular 
season or day for doing good things.. He did them 
at ail seasons and every day. So should his disciples 
do. Every day of the year is alike to him that is 
full to overflowing with the Holy Spirit of divine 
love. Every day he climbs the mountain of near- 
ness to God, and asks in prayer, " What may I do 
for thee to-day? " Every day he goes down into the 
valley of worldly shadows, and there docs faithfully 
and cheerfully whatsoever his hands find to do. 
Every day some golden grain is stored away in the 
heavenly garner by his toil-worn hands. Every day 
some sweet incense ascends to the heavenly throne 
from the pure heart of the faithful disciple who 
pours forth his soul to God in prayer and song. 
Every day some one whom Jesus loves is made hap- 
pier or better by some sweet smile or kind word or 
loving deed which comes from the Christian; even 
as pure water flows ceaselessly from the living foun- 
tain, doing good every day and not stopping to 
count the amount of thirst it has quenched. 

When we say " Christian " we mean one luho serz'es 
Chi-ist, not merely a person whose name is on the 
church record. But now the cold and dreary winter 
time has fully come; the happy holidays are past. 
Shall we sit still in the house and mope because 
there is snow on the ground, and the wind blows 
cold outside? AW' is our opportunity. The young 
folks— especially of the world— are restless. They 
cannot sit and mope and wait for spring to come. 
They must go some place. Now is lywr time to pro- 
vide a place for them to go. If we do not, Satan 
will. Let us now open meetings, and the yoUng 
people will flock to them. Instead of silently con- 
doning dances and other places of worldly amuse- 
ment, we may open a fountain of living waters in 
every neighborhood, and all that are thirsty will 
come there to drink. Let us gather in the sheaves 
before the destructive fires sweep over our precious 

But we cannot all hold meetings. We cannot all 
even attend. No; but some can write a good and 

beautiful letter to the aged parent or distant friend, 
and cheer the lonely soul with a few words from the 
living fountain. Some can call on the poor neigh- 
bor whose rheumatism or other ailment keeps him 
confined all through the long, cold winter. Carry a 
cheerful face; have some pleasant piece of news to 
relate. Bring sunshine into the darkened home. 
Shall we pine away the dreary hours? Why not 
make the wintertime (when sowing and reaping and 
plowing and planting in fields cannot be done) a 
time for greater social intercourse. Let the spiritual 
work be doubled, when the literal must cease. There 
are many lonely ones to whom a visit from some 
consecrated soul would bring much happiness. 
Don't wait for turns. Go when you're not expected. 
Surprise some fortunate one. And if you cannot go, 
jvrite; and if you cannot write a letter, write a card. 
I know a brother who can write a postal card that is 
worth a hundredfold what it costs. We all know 
him if we read the Messenger. 

Have you house plants? Send a sweet blossom 
to the invalid or friend who has none. I have re- 
ceived letters containing a blossom or a leaf that 
filled the whole letter with a sweet fragrance, and 
retained its sweetness a year. Sweet letters they are 
to me! Can you sing? Many souls that seem cold, 
hard and indifferent would feel a warm glow of love 
surging through their whole being if you were to 
sing some sweet song to them. Sing hymns such as 
are appropriate and will honor the Lord. We 
should always be glad to honor him in this way. 
Many a soul has been converted by means of a 
Christian hymn, while millions more have been com- 
forted, encouraged, strengthened, blessed. Many a 
weary parent or teacher has been enabled to speak 
kind words by means of the blessed influence of a 
song, when otherwise impatience would have been 
manifested. Let us use this blessed gift for the 
glory of God and the edification of our fellow- 
beings, and not hide it away as a certain man of old 
hid his talent. 

Next comes Washington's birthday. We are not 
hero worshipers, but we may improve the oppor- 
tunity to impress upon young minds the blessedness 
of truth and honest confession; a lesson not easily 
learned by many. They ivill learn about worldly 
heroes. Let us teach them the lesson in a right 
way, so that it may be a lasting benefit to their 
souls. Every lesson learned is a stone in the im- 
mortal house of the soul — character. 


When home last from the mission field it gave me 
pleasure to meet with the Sisters' Benevolent Socie- 
ty in their cosy room, furnished by old Bro. Ste- 
phen Shively, free of charge. The sisters say their 
fires are built and the coal bucket is never empty, 
which speaks well for an old deacon who has served 
the church long and well. 

Here we found his old wife, the oldest daughter 
and the aged wife of old Bro. Metzgerand a number 
of otlicr dear workers whom we cannot now name, 
working with a will that means success. The dear 
Lord will certainly reward such in the world to 
come; while even in this life they have the satisfac- 
tion of knowing their labors are making many oth- 
ers happy. 

As we were anxious to know just what they were 
doing we attended their reorganization, which oc- 
curred at the church, wliere quite a number were 
gathered and after the organization gave some as- 
sistance financiall)'. 

From their report we glean the following for the 
last six months of 1898: Four hundred and thirty 
nine garments were given out. They have on hand 
ten comforts, seventy yards of new goods, eighty- 
nine ready-made garments, and twelve comfort tops. 
The goods given out was valued at one hundred and 
five dollars. 

But this is not all. There is a poor minister's 
wife made happy by a fine comfort, and also sur- 
prised by having her coalhousc filled, by some dear 
ones, with fuel for comfort. The Lord bless them. 

his is not all. I would like, if I knew all, to tell 
LS an incentive to others to go to work. These 
:rs are doing their work privately, but the Lord 
reward them openly. The poor thus clothed 
in the judgment rise up and bless these noble 

Cerrogordo, III. 



God sent his beloved Son, Jesus Christ, clothed in 
lortaiity, to open wide the portals of imr.iortalily 
all who wi accept his terms and become as little 
hildren. " Out of the mouths of babes and suck- 
lings thou hast ordained strength." Christian great- 
ness and spiritual leadership are the result of the 
growth in grace of the child of God, fed on "the 
: of the word." " Whosoever will be great 
ng you, let him be your minister; and whosoev- 
er will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 
1 as the Son of man came not to be ministered 
unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom 
for many." Matt. 20: 26-28. 

The commission to preach the Gospel is not lim- 
ited to the elect ministerial force. The situation is 
one of mutual dependence and the most insignifi- 
cant among the laity (if any such there be in the 
sight of God) are a part of his great plan and may 
be instrumental in glorifying his name. If we strive 
after heavenly things we grow upward as a plant 
seeking the light, and the capacity for receiving and 
communicating is developed. With this develop- 
ment comes greater joy in his service and we feel it 
indeed a blessed privilege to minister to the human 
family which he died to redeem. What we do in a 
church capacity is from everlasting to everlasting — 
it will abide forever— and the great comfort in all 
our toil and struggles should ever be the uplifting 
thought that we are building for eternity. 

Lord, let our beloved church reproduce the hum- 
ble home at Bethany; let brethren and sisters -.,; eU 
in united service, encouraging each other, doing 
deeds of kindness, speaking words of love. Let us 
break the alabaster box of precious ointment on the 
feet of Jesus and fill his house with the holy fra- 
grance of united prayer and praise and willing serv- 
ice. Let not carping words, jealousy, or aught that 
is debasing or unholy, as flies in the precious oint- 
ment, destroy its fragrance. 

At the feet of Jesus let us pray for the multitudes 
of dead and dying in trespasses and sins, for all na- 
tions who know not God. They must be raised to 
life in Jesus. Who will do it? Our beloved minis- 
ters, say we, while pursuing our daily vocations, 
hoarding up earthly treasures as though wealth 
could purchase our salvation? Ah, no! There is a 
.work for us to do. While the ministers labor to in- 
crease the growing sentiment in favor of Christi.-;n 
liberality, with a clear and earnest presentation of 
the needs of the Master's work, God grant llic 
laity may hold up their arms, increasing their useful- 
ness by supplying their spiritual, moral and temporal 
necessities. • With regard to temporal matters, " who 
goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? w!io 
planteth a vineyard, am 
thereof? or who feedeth 
the milk of the flock? . 
of Moses, Thou shalt not 
ox that treadeth out the c 
of oxen?" I Cor. 9:7-9. 

Dr. Barrows says, " In defiance of the malic 
might of the world, the liberal man will ever b 
for God's providence is his estate, God's w 
and power his defense, God's love and favor 
ward and God's word his securit}-." 

May every man, woman and child in the ! 
hold of faith, in some way or by some mc.m: 
to preach Christ Jesus, claiming it a blessed 
lege to vow as did Jacob when he set a stone 
pillar in God's house. "And of all that thou 
give me I will surely give the tenth un^.o 
Gen. 28: 22. Then will be fulfilled the p; 
in Mai. 3: 10: "Bring ye all the tithes in 
storehouse, that there may be meat in mine 


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a?i-a;E ca-osi^Eiij n^ESSBira-EE/. 


and prove me now heicwith, saith the Lord of 
hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, 
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be 
room enough to receive it." 

Let us thank God for our calling in life, recogniz- 
ing it as a means by which we may aid in God's work; 
remembering also, " There is that scattereth, and 
yet increaseth; there is that withholdeth more than 
is meet, but it tendcth to poverty." "The liberal 
soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall 
be watered also himself," Prov. 1 1 : 24, 25. Let us 
offer burnt sacrifices unto the Lord on the altars of 
our hearts. Let them be aglow with a consuming 
purpose, purifying the temple of the Holy Ghost, 
"whose we are." " Pure religion and undefiled be- 
fore God and the Father is this. To visit the father- 
less and widows in their affliction, and to keep him- 
.self unspotted from the world." James I: 27. 

Service here is heaven on earth, and service will 
be heaven through all eternity. Let us realize this 
and show it to the world. Let us live this doctrine 
and spread it, sending it to those who know it not. 
Steam and electricity have shortened time and dis- 
tance. Our recent victories and national expansion 
increase our obligations and opportunities. The 
fields of the world are ripe unto the harvest. Ob- 
stacles the world over are being removed. " Lift 
up your heads, O ye gates: and be ye lifted up, ye 
everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come 
in." Ps. 24: 7. 

In proportion as professing Christians are Christ's 
saints the glorious work of evangelizing the world 
will be hastened. Let us then earnestly, prayer- 
fully, devotedly labor, each in his sphere, until ex- 
ultant voices in heaven proclaim, " The kingdoms 
of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord 
and his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever." 



We thought perhaps it would not be amiss to tell 
something about outwork here, and how we conduct 
our society; but we cannot report as much as some 
do, as we are still in our infancy. 

We organized March 9, 1898, and elected the offi- 
cers by ballot, who consist of president, vice-presi- 
dent, secretary and treasurer. Two sisters are ap- 
pointed to look after the poor and needy, one in 
town and one in the country, and we have one so- 
licitor also. We meet every two weeks, unless we 
have special work; then we meet oftener. Our 
work consists of making quilts, comforters, caps, 
garments of various kinds, sewing carpet rags, etc. 
Our average attendance has been about ten. Mon- 
ndof 1898,815.21. 
in view is to do all the good 

y received up to the 
The object we hav 

by reading a portion of Sc 
er. We would like to he: 
try societies, as 



-ipture, followed by pray- 
,r from more of the coun- 
pinion of some'that a so- 

do little good. 



" A woman's bonnet is the product of her brain." 
This was a remark made to me a short time since. 
It was made by a most sensible and cultured young 
lady, who always attires herself simply, plainly and 
modestly, although a member of a fashionable 
church. The occasion for the remark came about 
by previous comments upon a fashionably attired 
audience that was particularly prominent on account 
of innumerable, fearful shapes and colors of the 
headgear of the ladies.' My friend also intimated 
that for lady public school teachers such attire was 
rather expensive as well as a doubtful light to let 
shine before those little ones who come under their 

The above remark made me wonder if some of 
the bonnets worn by our own sisters are not the 
products of a brain that is somewhat at variance 

with the modesty and simplicity taught by our 
blessed Lord. I think I have seen some that must 
have distorted brains under them and whose appear- 
ance, in some respects, would fully equal the axvfnl 
headgear of the fashionably-attired woman. 

Sisters, let us try to advertise ourselves in a better 
light. Let us don quietly and meekly the plain and 
simple garbs pleasing to the lowly Nazarene, and 
admired by all sensible people. 

Mt. Morris, 111. 



The sisters of the Elk Lick church organized a 
sisters' mission May 23, 1897, for the benefit of the 
needy at home and abroad. Our officers consist of 
president, secretary and treasurer. We meet every 
alternate Wednesday afternoon. Our enrollment 
numbers ten members. 

The work done by us is piecing quilts, making 
comforts, and making garments for poor children, 
also doing sewing which may be given us by the 

We have received, from the time we organized — 
to the present, S19.S1 by developing twenty-five 
cent " talents." Each member who wishes to gain 
money to add to the work is given the above-men- 
tioned " talent." The amount gained is handed to 
the mission at the end of the year. The total 
amount received by the mission for the year is 
S25.65. The money which was in treasury from pre- 
ceding year amounted to S19.32. 

The first year we donated Sio to the Washington 
meetinghouse. The last year we donated SlO to 
the home church, $10 to the world-wide mission 
fund, and a box of goods to the Washington City 
mission. We have paid out of treasury S20.62, leav- 
ing a balance of S24.35. 



^-Cliurch News solicited fortlii' 
meeting, send a report ol it, so that ol 
give name of churcli, county and state 
as brlel as possible. Land or otlier ai 
department. Our advertising coluniii 

Polk County, N. C, 

Travel sliouidli. 
solicited for this 
or tliat purpose. 

Field and Home 

We ha 

: the Ma 

for the Brethren. 

and a church n 
ing over one hundred members eighteep 
south of here. We have a few members 
Green River Cove. We are ready to 
edonian cry, " Come over and help us." 

Most of our Brethren, who have had experience 
as missionaries in the South, are agreed that the 
most effectual plan for spreading the Gospel is, for 
enough brethren and sisters to come and show the 
people the way of salvation by practically living it 
out. So, if there are Brethren up north or else- 
where, who wish to change their location for the 
sake of health or cheap lands, I ask all such to con- 
sider the advantages effered here on the eastern 
slope of the Blue Ridge, or in the Piedmont section. 

Here, in and around the fertile Green River 
Cove and Tryon, our section is especially adapted 
to all kinds of fruits except the sub-tropical. Land 
is still cheap, and fine timber is abundant We offer 
to the homeseeker a healthy climate, beautiful scen- 
ery, pure water, fine fruits and cheap lands. Breth- 
ren, think of the millions in the South who should 
have the Gospel proclaimed to them in its purity. 


Fish Top, N. C. 

A Review of the Grand Valley Church, Colo. 

We began the year with twelve members. Last 
March our District evangelist came to us and 
preached over three weeks. During his stay with 
us thirteen were baptized. During the summer two 
more were baptized. Oct. 6 our elder, J. B. Wertz, 
of Quintet, Kans., came to our aid and preached 

several weeks. Oct. 21 two were received by bap- 
tism and seven members received by letter, making 
a total of twenty-four additions to our band. We 
started the year with two preachers and one dea- 
con. We now have three preachers and two dea- 
cons. Two of our number were removed by death. 

During the past year we had two love feasts, four 
quarterly councils, and preaching each Sunday. A 
part of the time two services -were held each Sun- 
day, Visits made us by ministers were; Bro. Lew- 
is E. Keltner, of Denver, Colo., who preached a few 
soul-cheering sermons; Bro. Lewis A. Peifer, of 
Iowa, gave us two good sermons; Bro. S. M. Eby, 
of Missouri, preached two very acceptable sermons 
tor us. We appreciated the visits of our brethren 
very much, and would enjoy having many more such 
visits paid us. We feel to thank God for the bless- 
ings of the past year, arid hope by his help to still 
go on doing the service of the Master. We arc striv- 
ing for the good old way, and desire to walk in the ■ 
old paths which our faithful fathers have trod. We 
desire the prayers of God's faithful ones everywhere. 
D. M. Click. 

■'""■ -'■ .. 

Here and There. 

Dec. 25, Christmas day, I went to Lawrence 
County to answer a call of long standing for preach- 
ing, the point being four and one-half miles north 
of Walnut Ridge, Ark. This distance had to be 
made on foot over muddy roads, and not being fa- 
miliar with the roads, after four miles had been 
made, unfortunately I took the wrong road, which 
took me about three-fourths of a mile out of the 
way. A half-mile of this led across a cornfield, and 
I soon found that I was among the cockleburs. 
But by the bright moonlight I managed to get 
through, and found a very comfortable resting- 
place in the home of friend Sam. Binkley, of the 
" Church of God," — a class of people somewhat re- 
sembling the Brethren. 

Unfortunately, for me at least, arrangements had 
previously been made to have a singing school 
taught in the schoolhouse beginning on the follow- 
ing night. I was therefore obliged to return home. 
I had to walk seven and one-half miles to reach the 
train. The last mile had to be made at " double 
quick " speed. This, with my grip and overcoat in 
hand, and the incipient stage of a "chill " near at 
hand, inade that part of the journey very interest- 
ing(?). I enjoyed the half-hour's ride on the train 
which brought me to within nine miles of home. 

On Thursday after my arrival at home I again 
started to another new point, twenty-five miles east 
of Jonesboro, and about forty miles from home. 
Ten miles of this was made on the wagon with Bro. 
John Swihart, over bad roads. I reached his home 
at 9 P. M. There are three members at this place, — 
Bro. John, his sister and his mother, the widow of 
Bro. Jacob Swihart, who came here from Indiana 
last winter, and died shortly after his arrival. Bro. 
Swihart was a minister. We held six meetings 
while with them, with rather small congregations, 
owing partly to bad roads, sickness, etc. I much 
enjoyed my stay with them, and hope to be able to 
go back again sometime in the spring, when the 
roads get better. Much to my regret, I learned 
that the two sisters intend to go back north very 
soon, leaving Bro. John alone. 

On arriving home, Jan. 5, I was met with the sad 
intelligence of the death of Sister Eberhart of our 
town. Jan. 11 I go to Randolph County, a dis- 
tance of fifty-seven miles, where we have four mem- 
bers, two of whom were baptized last summer. 
Here I expect to be met by Bro. Ira P. Eby, of 
Farrenburg, Mo., to assist in the meetings. 

Just a word to homeseekers: When you come 
sooth as some, perhaps, will do this spring, I would 
advise, for various reasons, that you locate among 
the brethren and sisters, if possible. By all means, 
when you come, come with the intention of making 
your home here. We have too many " rovers " 
here now. The roving spirit is very damaging to 
the work here. Come to stay. B. E. Kesler. 

Dryden, Ark. 


Jan. 28, 1899. 

Death of Erd. Jacob B. Shively. 

Another servant has been called to his reward. 
Eld. Jacob B. Shively died at his home in the Sa- 
lem congregation, near Burr Oak, Starke Co., Ind., 
Jan. 15, 1899, after a short illness of lagrippc. 

As the glorious sun, in all its splendor, rose on 
Sunday morning, he quietly fell asleep to this world, 
only to enter the glories of that great Sabbath that 
shall never end. 

Deceased was born in Stark County, Ohio, July 
23, 1820. He passed away at the age of 78 years, 5 
months and 22 days. He was united in marriage to 
Anna Bortz, July 4, 1841. Their union was blessed 
with twelve children, of whom one son and one 
daughter survive. In 1845 they came to Marshall 
County, Ind., in 1879, they moved to Starke Coun- 
ty, Ind., his home at the time of his departure.' He 
united with the German Baptist Brethren in 1844. 
Seven years after be was chosen to the ministry, be- 
ing faithful in that calling. A short time after- 
wards he was ordained elder, and faithfully served 
until death. 

Without exaggerating, we can say of him, that, by 
his intellectual power and untiring zeal for the Mas- 
ter's cause, he helped to establish the Yellow River 
church. This meant labor, sacrifice, punctuality 
and faithfulness. He was tender-hearted, generous 
and unselfish, ever willing to give to the needy the 
things of this life, as well as spiritual food and 
good counsel, thereby causing many hearts to re- 

His conduct was always based on the tenor of the 
Gospel. At one time he was compelled to submit 
to the Master's call by laying seven of his children 
into their graves in one week. At another time he 
was obliged to sacrifice his home, to meet his obli- 
gations in life. He also met many obstacles, and 
much opposition in his church work, yet withal, b)' 
his actions, as patient "Job of old," said, I' Blessed 
be the name of the Lord," bade the tempter depart, 
and marched straight forward until he reached the 

We rejoice to think that our brother is over there, 
wearing the crown, decked with glittering stars, 
that were placed there during his life work on earth. 
May his zealous Christian life be a living example 
to those who will be benefited thereby! 

Our brother leaves an aged companion, with 
whom he has walked for fifty-eight years. He 
shared her joys and sorrows. 

Funeral services by elders John H. Sellers and 
Wm. G. Cook, assisted by Abram Ferrel, from Rev. 
14: 13. Rosa Shivelv. 

Inwood, Ind. 


On a recent visit to the old homestead, some time 
was spent in strolling over the farm, visiting nooks 
and corners familiar to me in my boyhood days. 
They brought to mind the incidents connected 
therewith, as well as the resultant pleasures. 

Among other things and places, by the side of a 
near-by stream, quite often frequented, is a large 
limestone rock jutting out into the stream. Part of 
this rock is separated from the main body of the 
rock, and between them flows a considerable quantity 
of water. The " Big Rock," as it is known among us, 
is washed on one side by the waters of North River, 
and the supposed depth at that point, in our earlier 
daj's. kept us somewhat in awe of the place. Just 
above the rock are rapids and during freshets the 
water was dashed vehemently against it, yet, during 
the cycle of past years, the rock has remained un- 

Owing to the shifting nature of the sand and 
stones composing the river's bed, the channel of the 
stream has been so much changed that there is quite 
a difference in the depth of the water at the base of 
the rock and in its surroundings to what it was in 
my childhood days. 

In looking upon these things and contemplating 
the changes in the surroundings and the unchanged 
condition of the " Big Rock," I was made to think: 
How like the great "Rock of Ages!" His foun- 

dation was laid in the eternal ages and in due time he 
was reared amongst men. All through the history 
of the world since his advent, the storms and floods 
of opposition and persecution have been hurled 
against it, but have not affected it and it re- 
mains unchanged. It stands to-day as it did 1900 
years ago. In its cleft protection is offered to all 
who will seek safety from the storms and trials of 
life. Its security and blessedness is recognized by 
all who have sought shelter therein. May all man- 
kind learn the changeless conditions and promises, 
and be made to realize that in its shelter there is 
peace, rest and safety! P. S' Thomas. 

HarrisOTtburg, Va. 

Back to the Pold. 

Separation from God, opposition to his will, is 
the real essence of sin in angels and men. Thus 
sin is not a calamity but an infirmity to be pitied, 
and a condition to be righted. Thank God for that 
expression of that great, warm, loving-hearted, 
Good Shepherd, who said, " Him that Cometh unto 
m« I will in no wise cast out." To whom is this 
message? You, brother. You may be out in the 
highway, in sin, fleece-tangled and briar-torn, walk- 
ing in the counsel of the ungodly, or standing in the 
way of sinners, but when he said " Him," he means 

The great sin of to-day is the rejection of Christ, 
and this rejection does not always take the form of 
active opposition to him. but is shown in the lives 
of men professing to hold the " keys " of the king- 
dom. Remove the hindrances to the progress of 
the Gospel from the human heart and it would 
sweep around the world like a conflagration and 
conquer it for Christ and the truth. Deep down in 
the souls of men lies the greatest hindrance to the 
spread of the Truth,— selfishness. He who lives a 
genuine Christian life lives an unselfish life. 
Wrongs are enthroned in government powers, 
scribes and Pharisees in churches, and bosses in po- 
litical parties, but my text is clear, — " Back to the 
fold! " The cry arises not_ so much from prelate, 
bishop, or minister as from Tolstoi, toiling among 
his peasants; the itinerant, pulpitless preacher on 
the street corner, and the humble God-blessed sis- 
ter, with her Bible, working in the waj-side tent. 
These are the servants of him who answers the cries 
which rise from the tenement houses, the houseless, 
homeless, poor, wandering, weary searchers for an 
invisible home. 

It is i^le to pray, " Tfiy kingdom come," as long 
as we do not recognize our relation to that kingdom. 
It is nothing apart from those who compose it, and 
stands on no other foundation than that given by 
Christ. I am happy in the thought that when 
Christ said, " Feed my sheep," he gave no mo- 
nopoly of himself or his Word to any manor church. 
An earnest effort to meet the needs of the uncon- 
verted and the backslider will not be made until 
workers are filled with the divine spirit and come in 
contact with lost humanity, and leave the touch of 
Christ to mark their passage. Not until then shall 
they know of the doctrine. . T. J. Nair. 

Los Angdes, CaL 

Wayside Notes. 

On account of being taken sick with la grippe, I 
had to my labors with the dear members in 
Bement, 111., much too soon. We began meetings 
on Saturday, Jan. 7, and had to close on Thursday 
evening, Jan. 12. I was sick on Tuesday, but 
preached each evening, and on Friday I was con- 
fined to my room, not able to be out till Monday, 
Jan. 16. I then started for home on Monday even- 
ing, and stopped to visit our daughter Anna, and 
husband, Ellis Strickler. at Ramona, Kans. My 
wife was there also. It was a pleasant meeting aft- 
er an absence of about four months. 

The Bement members were originally a part of 
the Milmine congregation. I think they are twelve 
in number. They are presided over by Eld. John 
Arnold, of the Okaw church. They have no resi- 
dent minister. Bro. Siders, now deceased, was a 

minister there in the second degree. While he was 
living, he was a man of " push." He bought a 
church, formerly used by the Catholics. Then he 
and his son-in-law, C. T. Rittenhouse, remodeled it 
inside, and seated it with comfortable seats. Thus 
they now have a good place for meetings. The 
keeping up of the church property and the meet- 
ings now depends on Sister Siders and her son-in- 
law, C. T. Rittenhouse. Our meetings were well at- 
tended by the people of Bement, and many regrets 
were expressed when the meetings had to close, i 
feel there is an opening there for much good to be 
done, if a good, faithful minister and his wife could 
locate at that point. 

If the Lord will wife and I will leave here to-mor- 
row for home. Jacob Witmore. 

McPlicrsoii. Kans., Jan. 18. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

" Ab cold water to a thirsty eou!, bo is good news from a (ar country." 


South Waterloo. — Because of the absence of our elder, 
January 3, our quarterly council was postponed until Jan. 14, 
May 14 is the time of our spring love feast. We hope to have 
a series of meetings prior to our love feast. These meetiugs 
are to begin in the city of Waterloo April 22. The District 
Sunday School Meeting is to be held in this church on Friday, 
May 13. Since Jan. i five have been received by letter into 
the Waterloo chuich.—E/iza B. Miller, Calvin, Iowa, Jan. 18. 

Monroe County.— The cause at this place still prospers. 
On Sunday morning a young man expressed the desire to 
unite with the church and was baptized after services. Our 
prayer meeting, this winter, has been a success. We use the 
programs given in the Messenger, The program for the 
next meeting is read at the previous meeting, assigning the 
topics or different divisions of the subject to certain ones to 
explain or make remarks upon. The interest and attendance 
have been good, the young folks especially taking ao active 
part. Our Sunday school is also moving along nicely and we 
think the church in general is in a more prosperous condition 
than for many yfi^.TS.—A»Ha V. Follis, Frederic, lowa.yan. 14. 

Fairvlew. — We held our quarterly council Jan. 7, with Eld. 
A. Wolf presiding. Quite an amount of business came before 
the meeting, but all was pleasantly disposed of. Bro. Wolf ^ 
commenced our series of meetings Dec. 31, continuing each 
evening, until Jan. 15, except two evenings. On account of 
inclement weather the congregations were not as large as we 
had hoped. Much" good seed was sown which we hope will 
bear fruit in the near future. The instruction given to the 
children, and the Bible readings as well as the sermons, each 
evening, were excellent. These Bible readings will be contin- 
ued each Thursday evening, usmg the outlines for prayer 
meetings as given in the Gosi'el Messenger. We also 
have prayer meetmg each Sunday evening at 6:30. — Myrta 
Leavetl, Umofiville, Iowa, Jan. si, 

Des Moines Valley.— Our last council was held Dec. 3, at 
which meeting Bro. James Q. Goughnour was advanced to the 
eldership. Brethren R. F. McCune and H. R. Taylor were 
with us. The latter was moderator. The church here has 
purchased a lot (one acre) and partially fenced the same for a 
graveyard. Our series of meetings was begun Dec. 15 by Bro. 
H. R. Taylor. After a few meetings he was called away to his 
former home. The home ministers, brethren J. Q. and S. M. 
Goughnour continued the meetings until Christmas night. 
1. During 1898 our Sunday 
lise funds for missionary work, 
ent to World-wide Missions. 
Drove in attendance as well as 
IV. E. We$t, Ankeny. lo-wa, 
Jan. S. 

Rockton. — I left my home Dec. 29 and arrived at Franklin 
Grove the same evening. We had meetings that evening; al- 
so on Friday evening. On Saturday I arrived at Chicago and 
on Sunday met with the members there. After a very inter- 
esting Sunday school I preached for them. The same evening 
we met for Communion services, which we all enjoyed very 
much. On Monday morning I started for South Bend, Ind., 
where I commenced meetings that evening, and continued un- 
til Sunday evening, Jan. 15, missing one night on account of 
rain. We had good congregations and closed with four ap- 
plicants for baptism, which will be attended to on Sunday, Jan. 
22. This churcli is in care of Bro. Gen, D. Zollers. With Bro, 
Zollers I spent some days at North Manchester and enjoyed 
my visit among the members and students very much. We 
started fur Darke County. Ohio, this morning, to bold some 
meetings in Beamsville, commencing on the evening of Jan. 
zi.- Frank Af. IVAceler.Jan. iS'. 


Denver.— The work at this place still continues to move 
along nicely. Our attendance at church services is increasing 
since the winter months have begun. Eld. J. D. Hilderbrand, 
of Ft. Collins. Colo., is to begin a series of meetings for us Jan. 
22, and expects to continue for some time. We are looking 
for interesting as well as profitable meetings. May the Lord 
bless his work and his workers everywhere! — L. E. Keltner, 
Villa Park, Colo. Jan. j6. 

We think good seed was 
school made a special effort 
We received SiQ.57 which 
The coming°year we hope t 

Jan. 28. 18 



Ladoga.— One precious soul united with us Jan. 8 at the 
Bethel church, — Lula Harshbar^cr, Jan. jy. 

Elkhart — This church met in special council Pec. 2g, at the 
West Goshen house, with elders I. L. Berkey and VV. R. Deet- 
er present. All business was satisfactorily disposed of. Bro. 
Levi Hdke was advanced to the eldership.— Z'rt'y/rf R. Myers, 
Goshen, hid., Jan. q. 

Ft. Wayne.— We met in council last Saturday evening. 
Eld. E!i Roose acted as moderator. All business was trans- 
acted p'easantly, Bro. A. M. Eby was reelected Superintend- 
ent of our Sunday school. Bro, Rooac preached two good ser- 
mons on Sunday. — A. L. Schwc(ier,Ja7i. 16. 

5anta Fe.— We met in council Jan. 5. Bro. Dorsey Hodg- 
den was with us and presided over the meeting. Bro. Webster 
Hosteller was installed into the second degree of the ministry. 
Bro. Hodgden had a very interesting series of meetings at.this 
place, beginning Dec. 31 and closing Jan. 15, preaching, in all, 
nineteen sermons, which were much appreciated, — May Rider, 
Peru, Ind.,Jan. so. 

Anderson.— Bro. Andrew Snowberger is conducting a yery 
successful meeting at this place. Six have already united 
with the church and others are much impressed. Our church 
is now entirely out of debt, with some funds in the treasury. 
Several are taking an interest in the " Missionary Reading 
Circle." We purpose organizing a Circle, with regular work 
assigned, and complete the series.-/. S. AUdredge. 214 Cin- 
cinnati A venue, Jan. ij. 

Wabash.- A series of meetings will begin in the Wabash 
church Jan. 28. In connection a Bible school will also be con- 
ducted by Bro. David Hollingcr, of North Manchester, Bro. 
Cochran has been employed to instruct a class in sacred music, 
using " Gospel Songs and Hymns No. i." This will add much 
interest to our series of meetings. There is an unusual 
amount of sickness {mosiiy ia grifipc') prevailing in and around 
Wabash.— A'/V/w Hursh, Jan. 15. 

Mlaslsslnewa. — We have about 245 memb-irs; among the 
number are 3 elders, 4 ministers in the second degree, 2 minis- 
ters in the first degree, and 13 deacons. During the lait 
year we dismissed 21 by letter, including one elder, and re- 
ceived ID by letter, including two deacons. We hare just 
closed an interesting series of meetioga at the Shideler house, 
conducted by Eld, Isaac E. Branson, who preached the Word 
with power. He delivered in all nineteen Gospel sermons. 
We hope the good seed sown may bring forth a bountiful crop 
in due season.— /(?:*»/ F. Shoemaker, Shideler. Ind.,Jan. 16. 

Muncie. — Since our last report of the work here, we held 
our first love feast. We had a good meeting. Seventy-eight 
members surrounded the Lord's tables and engaged in the or- 
dinances of the Lord's house. Our church convened in coun- 
cil Jan. 12. Union prevailed. We had a pleasant meeting. 
We decided to hold our love feast in May. Bro. L. H. Hahn, 
of Flora, Ind., was with us, and aided in the work. He was 
also with us the evening before and the evening following, and 
gave us two much-appreciated sermons. We expect to hold a 
series of meetings in February. Bro. Noah Fisher,,of Hunt- 
ington County, is expected to be with us and assist in the 
work. Jan. 14 we met at the home of an aged brother, and re- 
ceived him back into fellowship. At this writing I am with the 
Brethren in the Union City church, Hill Grove house. May 
the Lord bless the labors of his children!— t^^f. L. Studcbaker, 
Jan. 17. 


Notiice.— The District Meeting of the Southern District of 
Pennsylvania will convene at York, Pa., April 12. Those 
coming by railroad should write the undersigned.— /4. S. 
Hershey or C. G. Trimmer, York, Pa., Jan. iq. 

Bills Bro. I. B. Ferguson, of this place, commenced a se- 
ries of meetings in our Summit churchhouse. Middle Creek 
congregation, beginning Dec. 25 and continuing until Jan. i. 
During these meetings Bro. Ferguson labored earnestly, and 
did not shun to declare the whole counsel of GoA.—Irvin H. 
Hoover, Jan. 16. 

Markleysburg.— Our rneeting closed at Markleysburg, Dec. 
31, with one addition by baptism. The meetings at the Union 
house closed Jan. 15 with twelve baptized and two applicants. 
Both the above meetings were conducted by the home minis- 
try. We yet have two meetings to hold in our home congre- 
gation.— one at Asher Glade, by Eld. W. A. Gaunt, of Elk 
Lick, Pa., to commence Feb. 15, the other by the home minis- 
jstry.— /flj/i-r Barnihouse.Jan. 18. 

James Creek. — We just closed a very interesting and en- 
joyable series of meetings at the River house in the James 
Creek church, which congregation at present is our regular 
field of labor. Only a few members live at this place, and as 
it often occurs in such cases, discouragement weighed very 
heavily upon them. New hope, hofrever, has come, the church 
is wonderfully encouraged and strengthened, and rejoiced 
with us as four precious ones emerged from the baptismal 
stream, resolved to live for Christ and the church. May our 
prayers ever be burdened with these! May Gnd speed the 
day when a power shall be awakened within the church that 
shall make possible, in every poor, isolated or neglected 
congregation, more and better preaching! Scores of congre- 
gations are dying for the lack of preaching. Scores of preach- 
ers, too. are dying for the lack of preaching. The church is 
wonderfully rich in Jarmers wholly devoted to their calling; 
but how woefully /oor is the church in workers wholly f<7«5c- 
crated to spiritual service! Jesus says, " Into all the world," 
and " to every creature." Less than this may leave us guilty, 
" Lord, is it 1? ■'—/'. H. Beery, Jan. 16. 


ClarksvIIIe.— Bro. Bucklew, of Canton. III., came to ua Jan. 
2, and held a two weeks' series of meetings. Two were bap- 
tized. Much good was done, although we had bad roads, dark 
nights and much sickness.— v4. /. Ramey, Money Cr^ek, III., 
Jan. 17. 

Lexington.- Eld. Bucklew closed his series of meetings in 
the Olive Branch mission church last evening. Two were 
added by baptism. It is evident that much good seed was 
sown and it is belicT«d that a more abundant harvent awaits 
us in the future. The saints feci very much strengthened for 
further work— (Jrivvi Opperman,Jan. 16. 

Martin Creek.— Eld. G. Nevinger, of Hissong. III., was to 
be with us Saturday evening and Sunday forenoon and Sunday 
evening, Jan. 7 and 8, bat because of illness was unable to 
come. Bro. D. T. Wagner, of Beecher City, 111., came in- 
stead and preached to an attentive congregation. We expect 
Eld. S. W. Garbcr to be with us Feb. 11 and I3. at which time 
we shall make arrangements for future meetings.-/./. Scro- 
gum, Fairfield, III., Jan. jj. 

Cornall — Bro. D. B. Gibson, of Cerrogordo, 111., came to us 
Jan. g, and preached sixteen soul-cheering sermons. The 
members were much built up and by appearance some arc 
counting the cost. We have made arrangements to have Bro. 
Gibson preach for us every four weeks. Our elder, Menno 
Stauffer, came to the assistance of Bro. Gibson Jan. 11. Dur- 
ing that time we had a council, at which Bro. N. S. Dale was 
advanced to the second degree of the ministry. — D. Heckman, 
Jan. 16. 

Panther Creek — We met in council Jan. 7. Eld. Barnhart 
could not be with us on account of sickness, but Bro. Baker, of 
Astoria, took charge of the meeting. There was considerable 
business before the meeting, but all passed off pleasantly. 
One was reclaimed. Bro. Brubaker is stopping here for a few 
weeks and preaches for us, but expects soon to go to his future 
home in Oklahoma. Bro. Baker preached on Sunday morning 
and evening. He gave us some good food for the soul. — W. 
B. Gish, Roanoke, III,, Jan. ij. 

BatavJa.— Since the Mission Board has kindly placed this 
little flock in the care of Bro. L. A. Pollock, not only the church 
services but the Sunday school has increased in attendance. 
Nov. s our Armenian brother, O. H. Yeremian, favored us with 
lectures relating to " Life and Customs in the Orient," " Arme- 
nian Massacres," and "Our Asia Minor Missions," all of which 
were interesting and instructive. Dec. 23 Bro. P. B. Fitzwater, 
of Chicago, began a series of meetings, which closed Jan. 1$, 
with five additions.— 5. E. Nct2ley,Jan. 16. 

Mercer.- The afflicted daughter of the writer was baptized 
Jan. 7, and the following Wednesday a litttle love feast was 
held for the benefit of the afflicted mother and daughter.—/. 
B. Detrick, Early, Ohio, Jan. ij. 

Mogadore. — Eld. E. Loomis closed a two weeks' series of 
meetings Jan. 3, in the Springfield church, Summit Co., Ohio, 
preaching one week in the Brethren's house and one week in 
the Baptist meetinghouse in Kent, Ohio. The meetings were 
all very instructive.— /rtrc^ Mishler,Jan. //. 

Eagle Creek.— We closed an interesting meeting of fifteen 
sermons last night. Bro. Dessenberg, of Ashland, Ohio, did 
the preaching. He did his work well, A good interest was 
manifested throughout the meeting and the membership much 
built up. — C. A, Bame, Willia}nslo'wn, Ohio, Jan. 17. 

Rush Creek.— We have reason to rejoice that the work of 
the Lord is now reviving. The Mission Board of Southern 
Ohio has sent us a minister to work among us. ■ By the united 
efforts of all a good work may be accomplished.^^'. B, Bag- 
well, Jan. 18, 

WhJteoak.— The writer began a series of meetings on the 
evening of Dec. 24, and continued until Jan. 15. The meetings 
were largely attended. I preached, in ail, twenty-seven 
sermons, in which, we hope, much good has been done. Six 
souls were added to the church by baptism. Four who had 
gone astray desired to be reclaimed. — B. S. Landess, Hollow- 
town, Ohio, Jan. 17. 

Middle District.— We met in council Jan. 15. All business 
passed off satisfactorily. Bro. D. C. Hendrickson presided. 
We were sorry that our aged brother, Samuel Coppock, could 
not be with us on account of bodily infirmity. He has not 
been with us in our meetings for over one year, but we pray 
that the Lord may bless him and that his last days may be his 
best days.— /?. P. Sollenberger.Jan. lO. 

Wabasso.— We have been engaged in a meeting here for 
nearly two weeks. The people are extremely busy planting, 
cultivating, picking and shipping beans. A few evenings the 
weather has been unfavorable. Some interest seems to be 
manifested. There are some faithful members here. Some 
sisters, even, walk eight miles (tour each way) to attend serv- 
ices at 7: 30 F. M.-C. D. Hylton,Jan. 20. 

Keukd.— I am now feeling as well as I have for a long while. 
We are now holding a series of meetings here. Congregations 
are not large, because the people are not here, but our meet- 
ings are pleasant. I now feel that I will be able to go on with 
the work regularly. The Lord has again brought me through 
a severe turn of afflictions. I want to be made better by these 
sufferings. If the Lord has more work for me to do. I want to 
be obedient. 1 will not likely return to the North before April. 
My address will be Keuka, Fla., until further notice. Pray 
for me!— /4, Hutchison, Jan. 17. 


Salt Plain.— Bro. N. F. Brubaker came to us Dec. 17 and 
held a two weeks' meeting. The attendance was not as good 
as might h*ve been on account of stormy weather and sickness 
in the neighborhood, but the interest was good and the mem- 
bers greatly strengthened. We met in quarterly council Jan, 
which time we appointed a solicitor to gather funds for 
church work. Bro. Bosserman presided. The work passed off 
pleasantly. Our next council will be held at the West Point 
Hchoolhouse.-J/rj./^rw/wVZJiy/rfr, Nashville, Okla. T., Jan. 10. 

New Hopa — After urgent calls for assistance the Mission 
Board of Oklahoma and Indian Territories sent elders A. W. 
Austin, 1. F. Bells and Jas. A, Stondcr to our asiistance. Jan. 
4 we met in council at the home of Bro. Henry Troxel. The 
meeting was organized by electing Bro. Austin, moderator, and 
Bro. Belts, clerk. The business before the meeting was dis- 
posed of to the satisfaction of nearly all present. Eld. Samuel 
Edgecomb was chosen to take charge of the church. The or- 
ganization was completed by choosing the writer, clerk, Wil- 
liam Troxel, treasurer, and Mary E. Troxel, solicitor. Meet- 
ings were held in a achoolhouse neur by each night. The 
Word was preached with power, but owing to dark nights and 
bad weather the congregations were small.—/, VV. Troxel, 
Burnett, Okla. 7\,Jan. //. 


Walnut Valley.— At the close of our church service yester- 
day two precious souls united with the church by baptism. 
We met at the beginning of the year and reorganized our ev- 
ergreen Sunday school by electing Sister Ella Brunnemeyer, 
superintendent and Bro. D. Martin, assistant.—^. E. IVeimert, 
Heiser, /Cans., Jan, 16. 

North Morrill.— Bro, J. J. Voder, of the Monitor church, 
Kans., conducted a three weeks' series of meetings in this 
church recently. His preaching was very well received by 
those in and outside of the church. He is an earnest worker 
for the Master. Four were received by baptism into the 
church. May God help them, with us all, to be faithful to our 
calling. — T. A. Eisenbise,Jan. /y. 

Maple Grove. — Two weeks ago was our regular quarterly 
council, but as only a few were present, it was decided to hold 
a special council Jan. 14. Brethren J. P. Nofziger and John 
Cline were with ui. Bro. G. M. Throne was ordained as elder 
of this church, One was received by baptism Dec. 31, and 
four received by letter to-day; two letters were granted. — Za«- 
ra M. Shuey. Rockwell City, Kans., Jan. //. 

Crary.- Inasmuch as the Mission Board intends to place a 
missionary in the field to visit isolated members and hold 
meetings, etc., we desire that those members who live isolated 
and want meetings write to the secretary, giving us the sec- 
tion, township and range in which they live, as well as their 
post-office address. All territory north of township 128 in 
Minnesota belongs to the District of North Dakota. We also 
desire that you write the secretary soon.— /jaac Wagner, Sec, 
Jan. 17. 


Pleasant Valley.— We have just completed a meetinghouse 
about five miles east of the valley, and on Christmas day Eld. 
W. H. Naff, assisted by Bro. R. T. Akers, conducted the dedi- 
catory services. We expect regular services the fourth Sun- 
day in each month. We have one other meetinghouse in 
progress of construction, and hope to have it completed soon. 
Bro. A. J. Weddle, of the Union church, Va., came to Pleasant 
Valley Jan. 3, and continued until the 8th, holding ten meet- 
ings in all.— .y. P. Reed, Alum Ridge, Va.,Jan. 14. 

Olendora.— My sojourn among the members in Southern 
California is most pleasant. I am now doing some preaching 
at Glendora, Cal. My health is improving some in this genial 
climate. Bro. M. M. Eshelman expects to join my labors 
about Jan. 23, in holding a Bible school. We hope for a suc- 
cessful meeting.— /aco^/. Kindig,Jan. 17. 

Roanoke.- We met in council Jan. 14. The business before 
the meeting was disposed of in brotherly love. Officers were 
elected for the ensuing year. All the old officers were reelect- 
ed. We chose Bro. Joseph Minix as our elder. We had two 
additions by letter since my last report.— 5". E. Lewis, Jan. //. 

Warrensburg.~At our council Jan.g, an effort was made to 
organize a singing class, :o be taught by \. H. McClure, of Illi- 
nois, the singing to be held at the Brethren's mission in War- 
ren sburg. —/'?//« E. Mohler,Jan. //. 

Ithaca.— We now have a veiy interesting series of meetings 
in progress at the North Star house. They have an ever- 
green Sunday school. Several seem to be near the king- 
dom.—/. M. Lair, Jan. 17. 


Harman.— Bro. Jonas Fike came to us Jan. 14 and preached 
four very impressive sermons. I am well pleased with the 
Pilot.— Cora Harman, Jan. 18. 


Sharpsburg.— Jan. i Bro. Silas Hoover, of Bills, Pa., came 
to us and labored very earnestly for ten days. Two were add- 
ed to (he church and the members greatly built M^.—John E. 
Otto, Jan. 14. 


Jan. z8, i8 


From Palisade, Colo. 

On Christmas day the members residing in 
the east end of the Grand Valley met for wor- 
ship the first time in the new schoolhouse, of 
which we made mention in our last report. 
This point is more central for most of the 
members than Mt. Garfield, where we also 
have regular preaching every two weeks. A 
number of our members are actively engaged 
in a union Sunday school. While together at 
the former place it was unanimously voted to 
organize a Brethren Sunday school, which or- 
ganization took place at 3 P. M.. on New 
Year's day. Bro. Callo F. .Smith was elected 
Superintendent, and Bro. lid Henry, Assistant. 
It was decided u. use the Brethren's literature, 
inrludiuR "GnspL'l Songs and Hymns No. I " 

Thus we have two Brethren Sunday schools 
in the Grand Valley church, equipped with the 
Brethren's literature complete. 

We will also have regular preaching 
ices at the Mount Lincoln schoolhouse every 
two weeks at 7: 30 P. M„ and at the M 
Garfield schoolhouse on the same day at I 
M. By this arrangement our ministers, being 
left out of Siiiulay school work, will have 
alicrnalc .Sunday for work at other points to 
respond In the many calls for the Bread of 
Life. It is the purpose of Bro. T. J. Watk, 
and the writer to go about thirty-five miles e; 
into what is known as the Plateau Valley, 
about two weeks, to huid n sitius {jf mci^tin] 
We ask a special iriiLn 1 1,1!. | 1 n . r^ nl t 

SANKEV.— In Tiffin 

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noble snuls who should be 
not a few desire to be there 
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if only opportunity 
ne and help? 

H. H. WlNGlCK. 


HOWELL— FAHRNEV.-At the residence 
of the bride's parents, Brother and Sister L. E. 
Fahrney, near Sterling Kans., Jan. 11, 1899, by 
the undersigned, Bro. F. M. Howell and Miss 
MirtieL. Fahrnev. Michael Keller. 


GARBER.— In Sterling, 111., Jan. 11, 1899, 
David A. Garber, aged 36 years, months and 
I day. Services by brethren M. S. Newcomer 
and D. E. Price, at the West Branch church. 
Interment in the West Branch cemetery. 

D. A. Rowland. 

TROXEL.-In the bounds of the Lower 
Fall Creek church, Ind., Jan. 1. i8t«, of old 
age. Abraham Troxel, aged 78 years and 6 
months. He was well respected by all who 
knew him. He leaves an aged widow. Serv- 
ices in the Brethren church, by Eld. John Gau- 
shaw, of the Old Order Brethren from 2 Cor. $: 

OREBAUGH. — In the Hadley Creek 
church, Barr)', 111., Jan. 2, 1899, Bro. Jacob Ore- 
baugh. He was a consistent member of the 
Brethren church for over thirty years. He 
served faithfully as deacon for many years, and 
as Sunday school Superintendent for sixteen 
years. He leaves a faithful wife, two sons and 
many friends. His remains were taken to 
Barry for interment. Services by Wm. R. 
Lierly. Susanna E. Renneu. 

CASSEL.— At Harleysville, Pa., in the Indi- 
an Creek church, Dec. 7, 1898, Sister Elizabeth 
Cassel, wife of the well-known brother and an- 
tiquarian, Abraham H. Cassel, aged 75 years, 
9 months and 12 days. About fifty-six years 
ago they were married. To this union eight 
children were born, of whom six survive her. 
She united with the Brethren church before 
she was married, and was. to the time of her 
death, a devoted, exemplary member. She 
was always pleasant and entertaining, beloved 
by all who knew her. Deceased was sick only 
about five days with grippe. Interment in 
Kline's cemetery. Services by brethren Price, 
Booz, and the writer. James B. Shisler. 

SULLIVAN.-In the Pipe Creek church, 
Ind.. Jan. 2. 1899. Sister Maria Sullivan, aged 
74 years, 10 months and 2 days. The deceased 
was the widow of Bro. Cornelius H. Sullivan, 
who died about nine months ago. Services by 
Bro. Frank Fisher from Psa. 35: 14. 

W. B. Dailey. 

GANT.— In the Lafayette church, at Harrod, 
Ohio, Jan. 2, 1899, Ida Gant, daughter of Wil- 
liam Gant, aged 16 years, 1 month and 27 day: 
Services by the writer from Matt. 6: 33 an. 
Hcb. 9: 27, G. A. Snideh. 

FRV.—At the residence of her son, Enoch 
Fry. at 60 South Allen Street. Dayton, Ohio, 
Dec. 21, [898, Sister Matilda, widow of B: 
John Fry. deceased, aged ^^ years, 8 mont 
and 17 days. She leaves two sons and two 
daughters. Many will remember her gentl 
kind and patient life. Services by the writ* 
from Psa. 17: 15. W. C. Teeter. 

HARMAN.— At Baltimore, Md., Nov. v 
1898, of paralysis. Sister Mahala Harman, wif 
of Bro. Lewis Harman, aged 56 years and 
days. For nearly twelve years Sister Harma 
was a faithful member of the Brethren churcl 
She bore patiently the sufferings of a protrac 
ed illness. Services by Bro. Chas. D. Bonsack 
from Psa. 116: 15 and I iq: 59, 60. 1 
the Pipe Creek cemetery. Linwond, Md, 
Joseph J. E 

SMITH. -In the South Waterloo church. 
Iowa. Jan. 7. 1899, infant son of Bro. John and 
Sister Amanda Smith. Services by the writer. 
J. H. FlKE. 

RISINGER.— In the Prairie Creek church, 
Ind.. Sept. 29. 1898, Raymond F. Risinger, son 
of Bro. Daniel and Sister Rose Risinger, aged 
1 year, 5 months and 17 days. 

L. Huffman. 

RISINGER.— At the same place, and of the 
same parents, Oct. 30, tSgS, Sister Addie Eliza- 
beth Risinger, aged 12 years, I month and 3 
days. Services by the writer, at Sugar Grove. 
L. Huffman. 

SEIVERLING.— In the Spring Grove con- 

gregation, Pa.. Jai 
rling, aged ; 

I. W. Ta 

MOHLER.— In the same congregation, Jan. 
7. 1899, Martha M, Mohler, daughter of Sister 
Susanna Mohler, aged 12 years. 6 months and 

day. The father and husband was buried 
about six weeks ago. Both died of typhoid fe- 

:r. A blind mother and a number of children 

rvive. Services by the Brethren. 

I. W. Taylor. 

REPLOGLE.— In the New Enterprise con- 
gregation, Pa., Dec. 9, 1898, Bro. John L. Rep- 
onths and 26 days. 
IS and four daugh- 
i kind husband and 

logle. aged 6g ye 
He leaves a widow, tw 
who will greatly r 



during his life, and an active member of the 
church until several years ago, when he was 
ricken with paralysis. He was quite helpless 
T some time before his death. Interment at 
ew Enterprise cemetery. Services by breth- 
:n D. T. Detwiler and C. L. Buck from Rev. 
10. E. A. REPLor.LE. 

SHOOK.— In the Black Riv 
Medina Co., Ohio, Dec. 24, 
Shook, aged 77 years, 5 mon 
Services by Bro. Tobias Hoovi 

er congregation. 
1898, Bro. Jacob 
ths and 6 days. 
tx from 2 Cor. 5: 
ARv Hoover. 

ROBBERTS.-In the bounds of the Walnut 
Level jchurch. Ind., Jan. 5, 1899, friend Jona- 
than Robberts, aged 93 years, 4 months and 4 
Services by Bro. Samuel Neher. 
Malinda S. St 

HEASTAND.— In the Sandy congregation, 
iiio. Jan. 9, 1899, Bro. Isaac Heastand, aged 
77 years. 2 months and 25 days. He was unit- 
i marriage to Maria Kagy (who preceded 
to the spirit world about ten years). This 
n was blessed with six children,— two sons 
and four daughters. All but one have gone to 
the spirit world. The youngest daughter, a 
sister in the church, is left. Bro. Heestand 
united with the church in his young days and 
lived faithful till death. Services by the writ- 
er from Job 14: 1, assisted by Eld. Byers and 
A. Shively. s. B. Stuckev. 

ENGLE.— In the Indian Creek church, Pa., 
Dec. 2, 1898, Bro. Robert Wilson Engle, aged 
17 years, 10 months and 18 days. Deceased 
was digging coal in a mine near Myersdale. 
when he was struck by a fall of coal and in- 
stantly killed. On Saturday night the lifeless 
body was brought home to near Jones Mills. 
Pa., where his father. Brother Gabriel and Sis- 
ter Engle live. Dec. 5 the remains were taken 
to the County Line church, where the funeral 
occasion was improved by brethren R. A. Ned- 
row and D. D. Horner from Job 14: 1-5. Inter- 
ment at the Berger graveyard. 

Jeremiah Faust. 

COFFE.— In San Francisco. Cal., Oct. 29, 
1898, Mrs. Sadie G. CoEfe. the writer's daughter, 
aged 38 years. 3 months and 14 days. Inter- 
ment at Eldorado, her home since her mar- 
riage. December. 1882. P. S. Garman. 

MOOMAW.— In the Monitor church, -Mc- 
Pherson Co., Kans., Dec. 7, 1898, of typhoid fe- 
ver, J. Walter Moomaw, aged 23 years, I month 
and 27 days. Deceased was born in Bedford 
County, Va. He was a graduate of the Com- 
mcrcial department of McPherson College 
Services in the Baptist church, in McPherson 
by the writer, assisted by Mr. Teall. 

Edward Frantz. 

KINNEY.— At 1383 East Twelfth Street, 
Des Moines. Iowa. Jan. ic 
Mr. and Mrs. George Kir 
and 21 days. Services by the 

1899, Otis A., son of 

H. R. Taylor. 
STICKLEY.— In the Barron church, Wis., 
Dec. 31, 1898, friend Wm. Stickley, aged 31 
years, 11 months and 15 days, and Sister Mary 
Stickley. aged 33 years and 11 months. The 
family had moved here from Indiana about 
two years ago. They were loved and respect- 
ed by their neighbors. Two sons and a daugh- 
ter are left orphans. The mother was a mem- 
ber of the Brethren church for five years, 
hey perished in a burning house before a res- 
le could be effected. Services in the Breth- 
;n church, from Amos 4: 12 by the writer, as- 
sisted by Eld. G. A. Taylor (Baptist). 

PETRY.— In the bounds of the Price's 
Creek church, Oliio. Jan. 8. 1S99, of bladder 
affections, Michael F. Petry. aged 70 years, 5 
days. Deceased was born in 
York County, Pa., July 21, 1S28. He was mar- 
ried to Catharine Henry, Aug. 21, 1851. To 
union were born twelve children. He and 
faithful wife united with the church at 
Meadow Branch, Md., and lived ever faithful. 
1 as deacon for eighteen years. He 
Preble County, Ohio, March, 1854. 
He leaves a wife and nine children. Services 
by the writer, assisted by brethren A. Miller 
d H. H. Eby. Jos. Longanecker. 


three children dead. 
the church for aboi 
by Bro. C. M. Yearoi 

MOCK.— In the Clover 
Martinsburg, Pa., Jan. 4 
sler Christena Mock, 
ock (who preceded hei 
o years ago), aged 86 yi 
days. She leaves two soi 

3 by Eld. G. W. Brumbaugh. 

Creek church, neai 
1899, of la ^'ipPe, 

ife of Bro. John L, 
to the spirit world 

irs, 3 months and 7.t 


North Liberty, Ind., 0' 

evenport, aged 70 years 

days. He leaves a wife an 

interred at WakarUs; 


J. G. Mock. 

lome of the writer, 
;. 14, 1898, Martin 
8 months and 2 
six children. He 
, Services by the 
ich Fraternity the 


MILLER.— In the South Beatrice church, 
Nebr., Dec. 30, 1898, of ailments incident to old 
age. Daniel Q. Miller, aged 89 years and 2 
days. He was born in Somerset County, Pa., 
there spending his youth. He was united in 
iage to Mary Jane French, at Madison, 
., Oct. I. 1840. One daughter and two sons 
blessed their union. In 1856 they moved to 
Linn County. Oregon, where all died except 
le son, who still survives him. He united 
th the church in his youth and was 'w\ fellow- 
ship until within a few years of his death, 
irvices by Bro. Stephen Yoder. 

Esther J. Miller. 

KLECKNER. — In the Buffalo Valley 
church, Jan. 9, 1899, Sister Susannah Kleckner, 
78 years and 8 months. Deceased was a 
stent member from her youth. Her hus- 
band preceded her to the spirit land nine years 
Services by brethren Greene Sbively and 
J. L. Beaver from Rev. 6: 17. 

Adda M. Shively. 

RHODES.— In the Clover Creek church. 
Pa.. Jan. 6. 189.). of la grippe. Sister Annie 
Rhodes, wife of Bro. Daniel Rhodes, aged 68 
years. 2 months and 6 days. She leaves a hus- 
band, three sons and six daughters. Services 
by Eld. T, B. Maddocks from Luke 8: 52. 

J. G. Mock. 
MOORE.— In the Fairview church, Douglas 
Co., Mo.. Jan. 8, 1899. of d o sy, Sister Margar- 
et Moore, aged 53 years. 10 months and 14 
days. She came to Missouri several years 
ago. with her two children, being at the time a 
widow. Shortly after her arrival she was mar- 
ried to John Moore. Lizzie Robertson. 

PIC . G.— In the Back Creek church. Pa., 
Dec. 31, 1898, of old age, Sister Violet Picking, 
aged 78 years, 10 months and 29 days. Four 
sons survive her. Interment in the Cashtown 
cemetery. Services by the Brethren. 

John Lehner. 
MILLER.— In the St. Francis church. Ark., 
Dec. 14, 1898, Johnny, son of Bro. Benjamin 
and Sister Belle M iller, aged 2 years, 9 months 
and I day. In the morning, while his mother 
was out milking, the little boy fell into the fire 
in the chimney and was burned so that he died 
in the evening. Services by Bro. J. H. Neher 
from I Thess. 4: 17. "8. J. C. Oshorn. 

LEARV.— In the Wairensburg congrega- 
tion, Johnson Co., Mo., Jan. 7. 1899, Barbara 
Funk. Deceased was born in 
County. Md., Sept. g, j8ii. She 
I Ohio in 1844, and from there to 
1868. She has one son living and 
She was a member of 
twelve years. Services 
from Job 14: 14. 
John E. Mohler. 
SWEARES.— In Lafayette, Ind., Jan. 10, 
1S99, Mrs. Laura J. Sweares, daughter of 
Frank Gochenour, aged 18 years, i month and 
22 days. She leaves a husband, an infant 
child, a father, mother, three brothers, two sis- 
ters and many friends to mourn their loss. 
Services by Eld. Solomon Blickenstaff from 
Amos 4: 12. John E. Metzger. 

EBERHART.— At lier home, in Dryden, 
Ark.. Jan. 2, 1899. of inflammation of the kid- 
neys. Sister Mary Ann Eberhart, nee Strayer, 
fe of Bro. A. E. Eberhart, aged 49 years, 10 
onths and i day. She became a member of 
e church early in life. After marriage she 
id her husband lived at different places, but 
lally located in Dryden. Ark, Services by 
e writer from John 11:25. B. E. Kesler. 
MIDDAUGH.— At Lemon. Cal., Jan. 2, 1899, 
of lung trouble, Bro. Frank Middaugh. aged 
nearly 52 years. He was born hi Pennsylvania, 
and came to California about thirteen years 
ago. He leaves a companion and six children. 
The last few years of his life were devotedly 
spent in the Master's service. Services by 
Overholtzer and the undersigned from 
John 11: 25,26. Geo. F. Chemberlen. 

STEFFEN.— NearSteffenville. Mo., Jan. 6, 
I99, Sister Mary Louise Steffen. wife of Bro. 
C. Steffen, aged 58 years. She was a consis- 
, ember of the church for twenty-one 
She leaves a husband and seven chil- 
Interment at Newark, Mo. Services by 
the writer. J, B. Shank. 

GREENAWALT.— At his home, in Cerro- 
)rdo. 111.. Jan. 11, 1899, Bro. Noah Greenawalt, 
aged 75 years, 2 months and 10 days. Bro. 
nawalt was born in Kentucky, Oct. 24. 
His first companion died Nov. 7, 1861. 
On Jan. 21. 1863, he was married to a devoted 
, who tenderly cared for him until 
the end. Bro. Greenawait has been a member 
of the church for about twenty years. Serv- 
es were conducted by Bro. David Troxel, 
Anna Bowman. 

CLAYTOR.— In Middle River congregation, 
a., Jan. 4, 1899, Harry Claytor. son of J. R. 
and Sister Lydia Claytor, nee Gochenour, aged 
5 years and 5 months. His death was caused 
ly an accidental discharge of his gun. He 
ived one week and then peacefully passed 
.way. Funeral at Forest Chapel by brethren 
.evi Garber and J. M. Cline. Interment at 
Middle River cemetery. S. F. Scrogham. 

ATHERTON.-In Chester County, Pa., Jan. 

J, 1899. James Alherton, aged 88 years and i 

oiith. In early life he became a member of 

the Presbyterian church. Services at his son 

John's, in Lincoln township, Iowa, where he 

days. Services from Isa. 46: 6. 7, 

8 by the undersigned. G. W. HoPWOOD. 

Jan. 28, 1899. 



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Items 65' ; 

Another Glance Backward ; 

A Church, Home and Ofplianage in India : 


Hear the Word. By Sadie BralllerNoftsingcr 

The Missionary 

Leaning on Jesus. Selected by S. Amick 


The Country and the People, a Question. By A. Hutchison, . 

Preachingand the Preacher.— Parts. By Quincy Leckrone, . 

Christ in Washington. By C. H. Balsbaugh 

Sowing Seed. By Jacob S. Mohler 

JacobBehmcn.— No. 3. By Jay G. Francis 

Song Service in the Sanctuary.— Part I. By Wm. Beery, . . . 

The Man Whom the Lord Blesseth. By F. M. Thomas, . . . 

Then and Now. By H, W. Stricklcr 

Forgive and Forget, By Jeremiah Thomas 

Obedience. By J. F. Roller 

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Earthquakes are reported from various parts of 
the globe. A severe earthquake in Mexico, near 
Colima, was followed by a strong eruption from the 
volcano at that place. The sight was an imposing 
one, but owing to the large amount of falling ashes 
and lava the Indians living near by had to move to 
places of safety. Earthquake shocks have also 
alarmed the inhabitants of Kypaiissa and Philiatra, 
on the Ionian coast of Greece. Many houses have 
been seriously damaged, some lives lost, and many 
persons severely injured. While such occurrences 
may alarm the unbeliever, the Christian has the 
blessed assurance that God is his " refuge and 
strength, a very present help in time of trouble." 

Death has recently claimed J. E. W. Kecley, of 
Philadelphia, who was widely known as the inventor 
of the so-called " Keeley motor,"— a device that 
was of no practical value to the industrial world, 
but which, by the shrewdness of its promulgator, 
served to greatly enrich him. The enormous sum 
of at least $5,170,000 is known to have been given 
at various times by those who hoped for rewards 
that never came. Experts have lately examined 
the building in which the so-called scientist pro- 
fessed to run powerful machinery by a small 
amount of water. They found a buried steel tank, 
from which a series of concealed pipes conveyed 
compressed air to the machinery and thus deceived 
even the most expert scientists of the day, who 
knew nothing of the hidden power below. The in- 
vestigation clearly proved that Keeley's machines 
presented no new features, but that they were oper- 
ated on principles discovered centuries ago. His 
whole secret rested simply in the faculty of im- 
pressing upon others the great value of something 

that had no real existence, and hundreds cheerfully 
gave their hoarded savings, in the hope of ultimate 
success. Like many other dreams of man, their 
fondest hopes were blasted. The whole affair is 
but another illustration that man is easily deceived. 
This is true not only in temporal matters, but even 
more so spii'itually. The apostle warns us against 
men of " cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in 
wait to deceive." His admonition is still of value. 

One of the most important discoveries in medical 
science is the application of the X-ray (or Roent- 
gen) apparatus for the detection of brain tumors 
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of insanity. A " shadow-picture," or " skiograph," 
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mors and lesions, a large proportion are thus af- 
flicted. Many tumors have recently been removed 
with the most gratifying results, and there is not 
the least doubt that by the intelligent application of 
the new discovery many who have lost that greatest 
boon of humanity, — a sound mind. — may be re- 
stored to full mental vigor and the unimpeded use 
of their reasoning powers. 

Temperance work will receive an impetus in the 
right direction, if the proposed bil! before the Illi- 
nois Legislature becomes a law. Two " Hospitals 
for the Cure of Inebriates," one in the northern, the 
other in the southern part of the State, are to be 
erected, to which any habitual drunkard may be 
committed, and a cure effected at the expense of 
the saloonkeeper. Power is placed within the juris- 
diction of the usual officers to commit any person to 
one of these hospitals when the case seems to de- 
mand such treatment. Any saloonkeeper who sells 
liquor to persons whose names are found on the list 
of inebriates, will be fined npt less than S25 and 
may have to pay as much as S200. All this money 
will be used in the maintenance of the hospitals. 
It will be the first time that saloonkeepers have 
been made legally responsible for at least some of 
the results of their nefarious business. 

Again affairs in Constantinople are assuming a 
threatening aspect, and fears are being entertained 
that the fanatical element among the Moslem pop- 
ulation will attack not only the Armenian and 
Christian part of the population, but also the Sultan 
him.self. Many of the wealthier foreign residents 
have already left the capital and removed their val- 
uables to places of safety. Until recently the Sul- 
tan had been able to count implicitly upon the loy- 
alty of his Albanian officers and bodyguard, but ow- 
ing to some difficulty this pleasant relation has 
changed, and what the outcome will be is hard to 
tell. The Sultan may, at any moment, instigate a 
Moslem insurrection against the Armenian and oth- 
er Christian inhabitants of Constantinople, and per- 
mit the looting of Christian property. This, espe- 
cially if it remained unpunished by the foreign pow- 
ers, in consequence of international jealousies, 
would go far toward restoring his prestige in the 
eyes of his Moslem subjects. Within the last few 
weeks many Kurds, — the most fanatical of the Mos- 
lem sects, — have arrived in Constantinople and, if 
an outbreak occurs, they will slaughter Christians 
without mercy and without distinction to age or 
sex. Two years ago the Christian and Mohamme- 
dan population in Constantinople were about equal. 
To-day the Christians are only about one-third of 

the entire population, while the Moslems are con- 
tinually increasing. The probable outcome of 
events at Constantinople is being awaited with 
much anxiety. 

Recently a new role was assumed by a judge in 
one of the Chicago courts. A suit for divorce was 
pending, and as the evidence was being presented, 
the thought impressed itself upon the presiding of- 
ficer that really there was no just cause to separate 
those who had been united by the holy bonds of 
matrimony. Accordingly he endeavored to bring 
about a union of sentiment and harmony of feeling, 
and was rewarded by the success of his efforts and 
the sincere thanks of both husband and wife. One 
cannot help but wonder how many divorces might 
be prevented by the judicious effort of the judges 
under whose jurisdiction these cases arc decided. 
The blessing pronounced upon the " peacemakers " 
may still be the heritage of all who labor in that di- 

CouNT Tolstoi gives some heart-rending descrip- 
tions of the condition of the peasant population" of 
the Russian Empire. The people, in many places, 
are perishing of hunger, and if not absolutely 
starved to death, they hold life with so uncertain a 
grasp that any strain, however slight, is enough to 
kill them. They have no strength left in them for 
effort or for endurance. When disease comes, it 
mows them down as if they were so much grass. 
Count Tolstoi attributes this state of things to the 
peculiar governmental institutions of the empire, 
which leaves the masses of the peofjle at the mercy 
of a host of officials who regard any freedom of ac- 
tion with absolute terror. As a result, the people 
are helpless and hopeless. Famines will be un- 
avoidable while the present condition of things ex- 

The Hawaiian Islands, in various ways, present 
a promising field for mission work, and yet there 
are hindrances to be encountered of no small de- 
gree. A large number of the natives arc slaves to 
alcoholic drinks, and some earnest work should be 
done to aid them In overcoming the evil habit. 
While the Islands are nominally Christian, a rem- 
nant of the old idol worship of the natives still ex- 
ists. Besides, there is altogether too much heathen- 
ism brought among them by settlers from China 
and Japan. A recent visitor reports seeing a tem- 
ple near Honolulu, which is almost an exact coun- 
terpart of those to be seen in Japan. Under 
circumstances the Christians of America have sol- 
emn obligations resting upon them that they cannot 
afford to ignore, nor should they delay the work, 
for the destiny of souls is hanging in the balance. 

The serious charge brought against the British 
army, — of having killed the wounded survivors of 
the opposing forces at Omdurman,— is a melan- 
choly incident in the gruesome annals of war. 
There were 40,000 dervishes engaged in the attack, 
and while many, no doubt, were slain during the 
battle, yet there must have been a far larger number 
of wounded, who, as it is now alleged, were put to 
death by the British after hostilities had virtually 
ceased. In extenuation of this charge the claim is 
made that the woundecl dervishes forfeited all 
claims to mercy because of their continued and 
stealthy attacks upon the British soldiers. Fre- 
quently the very persons who had come to the re- 
lief of the wounded were stabbed by them. War 
brings in its train so many harrowing scenes that 
each Christian should earnestly work in behalf of 


-!-• ESSAYS •H 



Hkar the Word; nor idly slight it; 

Turn not deaf froni mercy's call; 
Know there is but one salvation,— 

Know that Christ is Lord of all. 
Oh, for faith lo grasp the power 

Of his teachings undisguised! 
Oh, for love to heed the mandate 

To repent and be bapti/edl 
Oh, for cloven tongues of fire! 

For some penlecostal flame; 
To heslir our hearts and voices 

With the praise of Jesus' name! 
Hear the Word, ye souls in darknes 

Stumbling o'er sin's wary shoals, 
■Tilt be added to Christ's Icinfidom 

Even thrice three thousand souls. 

learthe Word! Recei 
Let it fiash from short 

He that doeth my com 
Shall be saved forevc 

; it gladly, 


I NOTICE quite a difference in the people of differ- 
ent sections of country through which I pass. And 
again, I see that the general appearance of the coun- 
try dif-fers fully as much as that of the people. 
The question is, Does the country make the differ- 
ence in the people, or do the people make the dif- 
ference in the country? Now we know that these 
differences exist, and it may remain an open ques- 
tion with ^omc of us. 

But, leaving all that, 1 wish to introduce the sub- 
ject of adaptation to the people when we undertake 
to teach them the blessed Gospel of Christ. For 
instance, you go into a country where the people sit 
in their easy-going carriages or buggies, and draw 
the lines over a span of fine horses; and thus they 
go to church. You are expected to preach to them. 
In two days' travel you get into a country where 
the people get to church in various ways, some in 
very ordinary looking wagons, or carts, tlrawn by 
very common-looking horses, mules or oxen; others 
on foot, etc. Now, must the preacher preach two 
Gospels, differing as widely as the two classes dif- 
fer? The two classes differ fully as much in their 
turn of mind, etc., as they do in their habits of life. 

What we want just now is adaptation, so as to 
have the same Gospel message reach the people ef- 
fectually, regardless of their differences as to" coun- 
try, turn of mind, or general habits of life. The 
principles underlying the Word of the Lord are un- 
changeable, and therefore it is useless to try to 
change the principles. Hut we may change the 
methods by which we communicate to others a 
knowledge of these principles. The successful 
schoolteacher is not the man who finds fault with 
the lessons as found in the text-book, but he is the 
man who adapts the teaching to the capacity of the 
pupil, so as to have the student comprehend the 
real problem of the lesson. 

I fear we lose much in our teaching the great Bi- 
ble truths by talking too much about the form of 
the doctrine without a clear conception of the doc- 
trine itself. The words used in the Bible are only 
the vehicles used to convey to the mind of man the 
great truth of God's love to man. Now, we may 
see the chariot and still not comprehend the motor 
or power which moves the chariot. So we may 
teach the form of doctrintf as given in God's Word, 
and those who are taught may grasp nothing but 
the form; and if so, it is not the proper incentive to 
the higher life. What we want is to so adapt the 
Bible lessons to those whom we teach that it may 
inspire within each one a real desire to be more 
Christ-like, and to live a higher and more holy life. 
Our Christian life is the sole evidence to those 

around us that there is anything in the religion of 
Jesus. True, they can hear our words, but people 
have been deceived too often by smooth words. We 
want teachers and preachers whose every-day life 
will correspond with the Bible teachings. Christ 
lived out in his life theprinciples which he set forth 
in his teachings. Let us all adopt the same style 
of living. 

Ki-uka, Fh. __ 



Part 1 The Preacher Himself. 

In applying the essential elements of successful 
preaching, viz., truth and personality, the preacher 
as an individual must have the personal qualifica- 
tions requisite to make him a successful preacher. 
Office, learning and age alone will not 'guarantee a 

sful 1 


First in the line of qualifications we would insist 
on personal piety; that is, a real possession within 
himself of the faith, hope and resolution which he 
desires others to acquirc'through his preaching. 
Faith must become in him "the substance of things 
hoped for " and " the evidence of things not seen." 
His soul must be aglow with the fire of hope. 
Hope in him awakens hope in others, and without 
having it in himself he cannot awaken it in others. 
Nothing but fire kindles fire. The very presence of 
some men has with it a sort of magnetism, an influ- 
encing power that cannot be explained; yet its pres- 
ence is undeniable. They cause those around them 
o live as it were in an atmosphere pregnant with the 
pirit ruling within them, and then they kindle the 
fire of faith, hope, love, etc., upon the altar of hearts 

hcrwise inaccessible, cold and indifferent. 

Another qualification is that of spiritual unselfish- 

:ss. Two men may be equally diligent in their 

arch for truth, but the one may be satisfied when 
he has discovered it, while the other wants to see 
what it will do when applied to others. The former, 
though he may repeat the truth to others, does it 
mechanically, reaches the hearer with the truth the 
force of which has been expanded. The rest is 
gone. The latter presents it with an aim, sends it 
forth Uke a comet ignited from the living flame 
through which it passed in his own heart. He sel-' 
dom fails to awaken respondent chords in the hearts 
of his fellow-men. 

Another qualification is that of hopefulness. 
Some men have a faculty for gathering up all that 
tends toward despair, and continually presents pic- 
tures of decay, ruin and death. There are times 
when the preacher may denounce and terrify, but 
when he does so he is not preaching the Gospel of 
Christianity. , 

Other inen have the faculty of appropriating all 
the elements of hope in such a way that spiritual 
structures are reared, garnished and decorated. 
Despondency is driven out, and instead of disman- 
tling the soul's dwelling-place fresh tributes are add- 
ed, and in consequence the Christian's battleground 
becomes a fortress— strong and mighty to resist the 
foe. Men are to be made brave in defense of the 
truth, not by a terrifying fear of abstract necessity 
in the presence of foreboding destruction, but by a 
hopeful anticipation of joys to come. The true 
soldier finds pleasure in waging the battle as well as 
in the victory. 

The preacher himself must be hopeful and able to 
make others know it and feel it. He must be what 
he wants others to believe him to be. However 
clever a man may be, and gifted in language, tone 
and gesture, he cannot long deceive his hearers. 
Trained tears that come and go at your bidding can- 
not long escape the detection of a searching, scruti- 
nizing, world. If you want the world to 
think ydu are honest you must be honest. If you 
want them to believe you are sincere you must be 
sincere. If you want them to think you are hopeful 
you must be hopeful. Truth never errs, and the 
penalty of a false pretense will, sooner or later, fall 
with vanquishing effect upon the perpetrator. Be 
what you want men to believe you to be, is the mot- 

to that should stand at the head of every minister's 
mental concept of his sermon. 

The nature of the preacher's work is such as to 
make his calling one of the most complicated. He 
cannot reduce his life to a system. He must be 
both preacher and pastor. When he sits down in 
his study the faces of those whom he should visit 
and comfort in their homes appear on the page be- 
fore him and plead for his help. When he is about 
this pastoral duty memories of his neglected studies 
haunt him, and fear of standing before his eager 
congregation with no food for them weakens him in 
performing the needed pastoral duty. 

Many a preacher in the beginning of his ministry 
has wished that there might be both preachers and 
pastors, that he might devote himself wholly either 
to preaching or to pastoral duties. But if this were 
to be done it would not result in ultimate good. 
The preacher who stands in the pulpit will become 
cold and formal to his congregation unless he is 
also theii" pastor. He will occupy a sphere from 
which the people will expect no help in the com- 
mon trials of life, or rather in the particular individ- 
ual burdens they must daily bear. He becomes to 
them a being of another order, endowed only with 
logical descantings, void wholly of the personal 
power with which the truth is brought to them by 
way of their humanity. On the other hand, he who 
attends only to pastoral duties, circulating freely 
with the people, soon comes to be regarded by them 
as their equal, and he thus loses the power of 
his personality. They view him only from the hu- 
manity side. The true relation of the minister to 
his charge is both that of preacher and of pastor. 
This relation gives him the greatest power. He is 
not estranged and remote from their humanity, 
neither is his dignity reduced wholly to that level. 

In accepting the office of the ministry some 
changes must be made. The knowledge which has 
been acquired must be changed to doctrine and con- 
sidered with reference to its being taught. Former- 
ly he has learned great truths, but he had them only 
in the abstract; they must now be applied. They 
must become a part of some central doctrine which - 
he can feel reaching out through him to others. 

This implies change of purpose which may ne- 
cessitate change of method" of study. The truth 
must be his in a way that he can impart it to others. 
He does not study now for the good of himself 
alone, but for the- good of others through him. 
The preacher is a leader, but he leads through 
teaching. The teaching must be such that the peo- 
ple will follow, not because it is a thing taught, but 
because the irresistible force of the truth possesses 
them and prevails with them. 

The preacher, to be successful in every depart- 
ment of his complicated work, must present the 
truth in such a way that men cannot only compre- 
hend it if they make an effort to do so, but that 
they cannot resist it when it is brought to them. 

Glcfifoni, Ohio. 



To Lizzie A. Balsb.augh. 

My Beloved Niece and Sister in Christ:^ 

Wonderful is the height and depth and signif- 
icance of these words of Christ; " It is the Spirit 
that QUiCKENETii; the flesh pro fiteth nothing." John 6: 
63. We must remember Jesus is speaking of his 
own flesh. If ever the objective was of incalculable 
value it was when " the Word was made flesh." 
John i; 14. And yet even this flesh profiteth noth- 
ing apart from the use it serves in the ministry of 
the Spirit. 

This is the great lesson which God has been 
teaching humanity from the beginning, and which 
so few comparatively have learned. The antedilu- 
vian pupils proved an utter failure. Noah was hard- 
ly out of the ark before he got drunk. The Jewish 
religion degenerated into a mass of dead ritualism. 
And what is the record of the Christian centuries? 
It is sad indeed to contemplate. God became man 
to show us the dignity and service of human nature. 

Feb. 4, 1 8 


Had he not been God his flesh had been no better 
than the flesh of bulls and goats. But being per- 
meated and sustained and preserved by the Holy 
Ghost, it sufficed for perfect righteousness 

feet atonement, 
righteousness we 
ment '' -tve tvalk i 
All our ordinanct 
" ashes of an re 
Spirit. Nothing 



d h. 

atonement we rest 
robed, and in this divine equip- 
as he ivalkcdT i John 2: 6. 
e as dead and valueless as the 
eifer " without the indwelling 
th God that has not 
f Emmanuel. "// is 

the image and superscriptiot 
the Spirit that quickeneth." 

These are the great truths you are to exhibit in 
the National Capital. Such a life will attract atten- 
tion and make impression anywhere. There is 
something very peculiar about a Christian. It is 
not especially his dress, although this must corres- 
pond with the claims of the cross. Any one who 
cannot abandon the pleasures of the flesh and the 
fashions of the world is no disciple of Jesus. But 
the supreme charm and power of a Christian is the 
Divine Incarnation — the enshrined Christ dominat- 
ing our whole being. The very face becomes an in- 
dex for God. Word and tone are reflections of the 
" unseen and eternal." The very gentleness and 
tenderness and humility of Christ mark the deport- 
ment of a saint. We are "filled with all the full- 
ness OF God," and this will oid. Eph. 3: 19; John 


Christ has work for you to do in Washington. 
Not only serving in daily labor in a private family, 
but in church, in Sunday school, in Bible class, in 
prayer meeting, in your special missions here and 
there in seeking the neglected, indifferent, and per- 
ishing. Scntof Qou. Let this be the impulse, the 
object, the joy, the glory of all you do. No matter 
whether you are in the midst of wealth and splen- 
dor, or in the want and filth of the slums, let the ful- 
fillment of Philpp. 2: 15 be your sole aim. A sweet, 
loving, holy life is prized everywhere. A heart that 
is full of the love of Jesus is meek and lowly, and 
patient and can cheerfully return good for evil. A 
selfish, spiteful soul cannot be the temple of the 
Holy Ghost. If we are born of God, we are "par- 
takers of the Divine nature" we are full of the things 
of the upper world, and we love to speak of our 
Father and our Savior, and the glory that awaits us. 
We have the martyr passion and tmist testify of the 
riches of grace for all men. Col. 3: I, 2; Philpp. 3: 
20. Our enthusiasm and beatitude is to enjoy and 
reveal Christ in the ineffable beauty of his holiness, 
and the unutterable sweetness of his love. 

If we are real Christians it will not take the world 
long to find it out. John 15: 18, 19 and 17: i\, 22, 
23, and Rom. 12: 2. Do all in your power to make 
the church at Washington a flaming witness for Je- 
sus. Pray day and night to be filled with the Holy 
Ghost, so that he may fulfill in you John l6: 13, 14, 
1 5, and I Cor. 6: 19, 20. There are too many among 
us who have no better testimony than Acts 19: 2. 
The Holy Ghost never taunts the heart with bitter- 
ness nor the face with sourness, nor the speech 
with acrimony. To carry a sullen, jealous, grudging 
heart is damnation. Let Rom. 6: 11 and 2 Cor. 5: 
15 comprise your whole biography. "God is not 
mocked." We must rest assured that Rom. 8: 6, 7, 
8 is true, whether it means bishop, or minister, or 
deacon, or laymember, or drunkard, or glutton, or 
fornicator. The carnal mind reveals itself in the 
pulpit as distinctly as in the brothel, only in a differ- 
ent way. Christian work in form may be utterly 
carnal in spirit. Let j'our consecration be so per- 
fect that you may unhesitatingly appropriate the 
words of Jesus. John 14: 30. This will correspond 
with Christ's own definition of a Christian. Matt. 

God needs no drones. Christ was pre-eminently 
a worker. John 5: 17 and 17: 4. We are to have 
his mind. Philpp. 2: 5. Lazy Christians have no 
right to John 6: 53, 56, 57. If we carry in our souls 
the seal of salvation, we are on fire with holy longing 
to save others. Eph. I: 13, 14; I Cor. 9: 22. A doz- 
en earnest disciples of Jesus will accomplish more 
work, and win more souls, than a church of five hun- 
dred sleepy self-pleasers. Study the Bibl 

very imprint of the Mind and Heart of God. " Pray 
without ceasing." Keep alvTays in the embrace 
of Jesus, and somebody will be saved at Washington 
through your loving instrumentality. John 5: 39; I 
Thcss. 5: 17; I Tim. 4: 15, 16. " We are laborers togeth- 
er wnM God." 1 Cor. 3: 9. "This honor have all 
thesaints. Praise ye the Lord." Psa. 149; g. 

After you have read this letter, including all the 
Scripture references, then do as Paul says in I Thess. 

Salute with overflowing love your dear pastor, Al- 
bert HoUingcr, and family. Give my love to every 
soul that knows Jesus. If 1 could get to Washing- 
ton without money and effort I would soon be there. 
But the purse is flat and the body frail. To read 
and study the great Book of God, — reaching over 
all time and through the whole universe, and 
through all eternity— and plying my pen for the ad- 
vancement of Christ's kingdom, is all I can do. 
Blessed be God for this humble, silent, potent min- 
istry. The rod of Moses in the hand of Ifaith, di- 
rected by the Holy Ghost, has not yet lost its sig- 
nificance. Let no one say, I am too insignificant to 
work for Jesus. The little finger, and obscure little 
toe on the body of Christ, has its specific mission. 
The same divine pulse beats in all. Let the whole 
world feel its gentle, mighty, beneficent throb. 

Union Deposit, Pa. 



The people the world over generally" know what 
sowing seed means. If there was no sowing seed 
there would be no harvest to reap and no bread to 
cat. The result would be famine and death the 
world over; therefore the necessity of sowing seed 
to meet the ternporal wants of humanity every- 

The wants of the soul must also be met by sowing 
seed adapted to the soul. Otherwise there would 
be spiritual famine and death all over the land. 
Some think where Jesus speaks of sowing (Matt. 
13) it means the preacher must do the sowing. But 
we win take a broader view ot it by saying that all 
people are sowing seed of some kind, either good or 

Sowing seed to meet the wants of humanity is the 
farmer's business. The careful, judicious, energetic 
farmer will take great pains to make use of the best 
means and methods available to bring the soil un- 
der his control into a high state of cultivation and 
remove all foreign matter that would be an incum- 
brance to the growing crop before depositing the 
seed. He will also take great pains to make a fine 
selection of seed and keep a watchful eye over the 
growing crop and all over the farm, so as to keep it 
in a fine condition. This requires work. 

Sowing seed to meet the wants of the soul is the 
Christian's business. The earnest, truthful, energet- 
ic Christian will also take great pains to make use 
of heaven's means and methods to bring the soil of 
his heart into a high state of Christian cultivation 
or perfection and remove every known evil that will 
hinder the growth in the Christian graces and knowl- 
edge of the truth. He also takes great pains in 
making an excellent selection of seed, gathering it 
in from many sources. 

He has delight in reading the Old and New Tes- 
ment Scriptures and Messenger. They bring good 

He is an excellent church goer. 

He delights in going to Sunday school. 

It is his pleasure to go to prayer meeting, the Bi- 
ble class, etc. 

Those are all fine sources from which to gather 
excellent seed. Those qualifications put the Chris- 
tian man or woman in good condition for sowing 
pure seed among the sick, naked, hungry, etc., and 
sending forth the precious seed in all the earth to 
the hungry, starving souls. He will also keep a 
watchful eye over his heart and general deportment. 
We can imagine what their appearance will be. be- 
fore the world,— heart right, outside right. 

The careless farmer is indifferent in the whole 
line of his business. Everything is upside down 
Nothing is in order. Bad appearances arc 



Just so it is with the careless Christian. He 
doesn't come up to the standard. His Christianity 
is all upside down. Nothing is in order. He is 
sowing the seed of indifference. Bad appearances 

Speaking of the world in general, professors and 
non-professors, some sow the seed of fashion, pride 
and style; some sow the seed of all manner of 
amusements; some sow the seed of strife, hatred, 
discord, malice, envy, evil speaking, theft, swearing, 
division in neighborhoods, churches, families, etc., 
till the whole catalogue of evil is filled. It may be 
that some members of our own Fraternity arc not 
clear of all this variety of sowing. The seed above 
named is gathered from bad sources. 

Covington, Ohio. 



No. 3 — As a Reformer. 

We have considered, very incompletely, Behmcn 
as a writer; now we wish to look at him as a reform- 
er. Philosophy is beginning to find out the unas- 
suming shoemaker of GOrlitz; but reform seems 
never to have suspected that he belongs to her 
ranks. Yet Behmen, like Hamlet, found his time to 
be out of joint; and, like Hamlet, he went about to 
set it right. 

Reform is regarded as belonging to the realm of 
life; we think of it as having to do with the rectifi- 
cation of wrong practices in society. Yet practice 
is the outgrowth of belief, and it might be proper to 
regard the man who recasts belief as a reformer. 
Behmen attacked the doctrines as well as the prac- 
tices of his day. But this takes us to the accepted 
domain of Dogmatics or Systematic Theology, and 
there we shall leave it. Later we may consider 
Behmen as a theologian. 

In the first place, Behmen found that religion had 
forsaken the hearts of men, and had moved into 
their heads. Now, there is no objection to a man- 
having religion in his head, but he should have it in 
his heart as well. Then will he be a well-balanced 
man. But in Behmen's day the intellect, or reason 
if you please, monopolized religion. The dry, hair- 
splitting disputations of the so-called learned robbed 
the hearts of men of the Bread of Life; so Beh- 
men declared war against reason. He says: "I 
must warn reason, that it should once behold itself in 
the looking-glass of the understanding, and consider 
what itself is; and leave off from the building of Ba- 
bel." And further:" Yes, dear Reason, smell into 
thine own bosom; of what doth it savor? Contem- 
plate thine own mind; after what doth it long? 
Likely after the cunning delusions of the devil." 
Thus Behmen attacked the faculty unduly used in 
religion. As we shall see later, he tried to pull relig- 
ion down into the heart. After he had planted it 
there, perhaps he would have granted to reason its 
legitimate function. 

Let us now see what he thought of the churches 
of his day. He said there were two churches 
upon the earth— the " Cainical " or "Hamlike," 
and " Abelical," the one persecuting, slaying the 
other. " By Cain's offering we rightly understand 
the verbal Christendom, the titular Christians, 
in the spiritual Babylonical harlotry, the type or 
image of which is Cain." The nominal Christian is 
" an impenitent, proud man, who thought to be lord 
of the world, and to domineer over Abel and his 
posterity. And just this is the antichristian Church 
upon earth. It buildeth also churches and altars, 
preacheth, singeth, and thinketh, and doth likewise 
offer in the bequeathed Covenant and Testament of 
Christ . . . ." Cain's church was " never more 
potent and predominant upon earth than it is even 
at this time." The potent and mighty of the world 
build great stone houses and churches, and these 
houses thus built are their god. 

Behmen was no friend to self or man-chosen 
preachers, so many of whom he saw in his day. No 


art or university, he says, makes one a shepherd of 
Christ, unless he be capable of the office of Christ's 
Spirit. The ministers formed and expounded God's 
Word "according to the rule of fat benefices for the 
belly's sake and worldly pleasure." He saw that 
the schools as then conducted were largely Ihe 
cause of this state of affairs. " The schools in their 
brutish reason " contend and understand not. He 
tells us of "the devout lip labor" of the church; 
and that the preachers thought " to find out Christ 
by their acute disputations and arguments," 

He calls a startling hall on the loose and profli- 
gate matrimonial proceedings of the time. Some 
honest, sensitive souls thought he prohibited mar- 
riage, but he does not go beyond the Savior in Matt. 
19: 3--12. Apart from the honest souls above, it 
had a salutary effect if he frightened some immoral 
characters so completely that thenceforth they were 
forever afraid of women. We are perfectly willing 
to forgive Hehnicn if, as a result of his writings, 
there were a few sects formed that eschewed the fair 
sex. Then there have been some very holy men 
who thought they could best serve the Master by 
remaining alone. Hehmen sought to reform so- 
ciety morally. 

At this time the .so-called Christians of Germany 
were entering into the most horrible religious war of 
Christendom. Behmen endeavored to show that 
war was contrary to the spirit of Christ. " For all 
wars which the Christians manage are only the 
Szvorf/ oi the Cherub proceeding from Habel; true 
Christians wage no war; for they have broken the 
Sword of the Cherub in the death of Christ, and atv 
dead zvith C/irisf, fi/id rise/i again in him, and they live 
no longer to the eternal Might and Dominion; for 
their kingdom is manifest in Christ, and is not 
of this world." These were brave words when all 
Christendom was at war. His writings on this sub- 
ject bore fruit in the Quakers and in our own 

The Oath, along with other wicked methods of 
speech, are attacked by Behmen. He says: " For 
all forged tales and sharp taunts proceed from the 
Serpent's Ens; all cursings and swearings, and sting- 
ing girds, proceed from the Serpent's Ens; yea 
though they be but in jest, yet the Serpent's Ens 
hath stuck itself with them to the good, and com- 
pacted them with the word: therefore Christ saith, 
Swear no\. ^i all: let your speech be yea, yea, nay, 
nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of 
evil; that is it is born of the Serpent's Ens." 

But the total lack of inner heart piety seemed to 
give him most pain. There was so much " seeming 
holiness or soothing the mind with an outward ap- 
plication of Christ's merits." Man " must be born 
anew." Those having holy words on their lips but 
the Devil's " Ens " in their hearts, introduced Babel, 
" the mother of all spiritual whoredoms." Of these 
there were many. " This present too wise world " 
will not believe in a real inner birth and purgatory, 
"and will be only an adopted child from without, 
and so have an external washing away of sins in 
grace." " They (the so-called Christians of his day) 
understood nothing fundamentally, either of the 
Baptism or the Lord's Supper; the new birth is 
strange unto them, they deny the divine essential 
indwelling in God's children, viz., the temple of 
God, and so stand before the Jews, when they should 
declare unto them, Wha( Christ is in as." And Bell- 
men's writings were instrumental in getting Christ 

any * 

From the foregoing we see that there were several 
conditions in his day which Behmen sought to and 
did change: ( i ) To bring down reason from its un- 
duly exalted position; (2) to expose formalism and 
worldiyism in the church; (3) to rid the church of 
a self or man-called ministry; (4) to purify the 
marriage relation; (5) to show that war was un- 
christian; (6) to abolish the wicked practice of 
swearing; and (7) to produce true Christian piety 
in the hearts of men. We think that by this time 
we can begin to gain your assent to the statement 
that there is some relationship between our Broth- 
erhood and Jacob Behmen. 

Oaks, Pa. 



In Four Parts.— Part One.— The Selection of Hymns. 

Next to the importance of the study of the Bible, 
tor the minister of the Gospel, is the study of the 
hymn book. The minister ought to be familiar with 
the hymn book, first, as to the subjects embraced by 
the hymns; second, as to the arrangement of the 
hymns on the different subjects in the book; third, 
as to the merits of each hymn; and, fourth, as to 
the adaptability of the different hymns to the texts 
or subjects on which he may choose to base his ser- 
mons. Without a thorough knowledge of the hymn 
book concerning the points mi^ntioned, a ready, in- 
telligent selection is scarcely possible. 

If the song service is of any value at all, to the 
preaching service, it is because it aids in bringing 
the minds of the worshipers into a proper mood to 
appreciate the'sermon, and in intensifying and as- 
similating the thoughts in it. In order to do this 
the sentiments expressed in the hymns used in con- 
nection with the sermon must accord, in some de- 
gree at least, with what is contained in the sermon. 
Now, that the hymns and sermon may be thorough- 
ly adapted each to the other, it becomes necessary 
that hymns and sermon be studied together. That 
is, while the thoughts in the sermon are being 
evolved, the hymns which are to help to strengthen 
and drive home these thoughts ought to be in mind 
also. And there being so many good hymns on all 
possible subjects, a sufficient number ought to be 
associated with each sermon, so that some of them 
could be found in any good-sized hymn book, and 
thus the sermon might be used with appropriate 
hymns at different places where different hymn 
books are used. 

It follows, then, that the one who is to do the 
preaching ought also to select the hymns. He 
alone knows what hymns go well with his sermon. 
Should he desire another to open or close the ser- 
vice he ought to suggest the hymns to be used. 
Leaving the selection of the hymns to another who 
has no knowledge of the subject to be used in the 
sermon often leads to unhappy, if not ludicrous, 

The custom, in some of our churches, of allowing, 
or requesting, the leader in singing to " sing some- 
thing," after the opening prayer, or in any stage of 
the service, is certainly not commendable. It is not 
fair to the one who is expected or called upon to do 
it. In the first place, he ought to keep liis mind 
fixed upon the service throughout, as well as any 
one else. This he cannot do if he must select a 
hymn while the service is in progress. In the sec- 
ond place, if he does not allow his mind to be thus 
diverted he is compelled to do an equally unfair 
and often very embarrassing thing, which is to make 
a selection on the spur of the moment. 

Should the one selecting the hymn desire to have 
only part of it sung, he should know which stanzas 
he wants, and so announce it. To say, " Sing a part 
of such and such a hymn," is too indefinite, and 
certainly too indifferent a way of announcing a hymn. 
Say which stanzas are to be sung, then the singers 
need be in no doubt as to where to begin or where 
to stop. Again, care should be exercised that a 
hymn be not broken at a wrong point, and thus the 
sense destroyed or left incomplete. 

in case a minister wishes to use a hymn which is 
not generally familiar, or which is of an unusual 
meter, he ought not to venture to announce it with- 
out first consulting with the leader in singing. Oth- 
erwise there might be no singing at all just then, or, 
what is worse, a breakdown. 

The foregoing suggestions have reference pri- 
marily to the selecting of hymns by the minister for 
the regular preaching service, though some of them 
apply equally well for any who may have occasion 
to select hymns in any kind of service. In prayer 
meetings, social meetings, etc., some reference 
should be had to the subject in hand, in making 
selections of hymns. Sometimes a good hymn, 
good m \Xs place, \\\o\^^)\ on a special subject, — per- 
haps a missionary hymn, a temperance hymn, or 

some such special subject — is selected by some one 
every time the opportunity is afforded, though the 
subject under discussion be entirely foreign to it. 
This is not only inappropriate but unwise. Some 
hymns are suitable for all occasions, and such should 
be selected when those on special subjects do not 
apply. The efficacy of a hymn depends largely 
upon the connection in which it is used. 
Huntingdon, Pa. 



It is a common idea with a great many people 
that to get along and succeed in life they have no 
time to devote to the service of the Lord. They 
seem to think that a few moments devoted to prayer 
and Bible reading every morning and evening is so 
much lost, and they daily gc out into the duties of 
life without even the slightest form of morning serv- 
ice. But, oh, what a mistake! Let us see what 
the Psalmist says about it. In the first Psalm we 
find these words, " Blessed is the man that walketh 
not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in' 
the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the 
scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; 
and in his law doth he meditate day and night." 
Truly " he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers 
of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; 
his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he 
doeth shall prosper." 

Oh, my dear friends, if we could but grasp the 
full meaning of these words, how much more suc- 
cessful spiritually and temporally our lives would 
be. I tell you, it is not that man who finds no time 
to worship God that is most successful in life, but it 
is he whoever delights in the law of the Lord and 
meditates therein day and night, that God most 
richly blesses with the highest form of success. 

With our young men just starting out in life the 
main thought ever seems to be, " How can I be the 
most successful in life? " With many the accumu- 
lation of wealth seems to be the all-absoibing 
thought. But, my dear young reader, may this not 
be your highest motive, but first of all may you seek 
the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and 
all the rest will be added unto you. 

It does seem to me that the coming successful 
young man in business, the one who will rise above 
his fellow-men and command their respect and ad- 
miration, will be he who every morning before go- 
ing out into his daily duties devotes at least a few 
moments to prayer and the reading of the Bible, 
and asks God for his help and guidance throughout 
the day; who will, as he enters into business, gather 
those under him around him and have there a few 
moments of devotion, asking God and having those 
around him ask him to guide and lead them 
throughout the duties of the day. I know the lat- 
ter is not a common thing to do, but who will doubt 
that God will richly bless the young man who has 
the courage to do it? 

Then, in conclusion, I will just say to the young 
man who has energy, systematic habits, ambition, 
a pure and spotless character, and a true fear of 
God, SUCCESS IS YOURS, for you have as your friend 
the Lord of lords and King of kings, and he know- 
eth the way of the righteous. 

Hagerstozvn, Md. 



Is it true that there is a "worldward trending of 
the church?" Just now this subject is receiving 
more than usual thought. It is a common thing for 
radical views to be taken on such questions, and 
while many are looking at the " worldward trend of 
the church," we feel that it would not be amiss to 
note some of the radical changes that have taken 
place in the church since we have made it the 
church of our choice. 

Then one of the first things that came to our no- 
tice was the home missionary tvork. About twenty- 
eight years ago I was present at a District Meeting 

Feb. 4, 1899. 




nations with 
en hundred ; 

where {in harmony with the decisior 
Meeting) we were permitted to draft pi; 
means to assist in building meetinghous 
help in preaching to weak churches in 
But we were met by strong opposition; 
difficulties were presented: but perserv 
vailed, and nmu we haVe united counci 
dreds of dollars at our command. 1 
been built, congregations have assembled and or- 
ganizations have been established where the Breth- 
ren were not then known, and souls are being gath- 
ered into the fold. 

Then I call to mind the zeal and earnestness with 
which such brethren as R. H. Miller, Daniel P. Say- 
lor, John Metzger, J. R. Gish, James Ouinter, and 
others, contended for the Sunday-school privileges 
in the church, but with equal force it was opposed, 
and many golden moments were lost to the training 
of our children. Noiv it is almost unanimously ac- 
cepted, and acknowledged to be an important factor 
in the church, and a help to save our children from 
being gathered into other congregations, not of our 

Then, a few years ago^ our Brethren were confined 
to thirteen States, with perhaps a few more than 
tweh-e hundred ministers. Noio we 
in thirty-six States and four foreign 
force of more than two thousand se 
tive ministers battling for Christ and the church. 
We have a well-equipped and fortified mission board 
handling many thousands of dollars annually. 

Then, a few years ago, our churches were confined 
almost exclusively to the country and a few small 
towns. Now we have thriving organizations in 
twenty cities, representing more than ten millions of 

Then twenty-five years ago there were but one or 
two congregations practicing the primitive mode of 
feet-washing. Now we are a unit as Christ gave the 

Then we had no paper, but a few faithful brethren 
collected a few articles written by the brethren in 
the defense of " the faith once delivered to the 
saints." They also conducted a private school un- 
der their own control. Now we have seven schools 
in seven different States, managed by faithful and 
competent brethren, under the care of judicious eld- 
ers chosen by the General Conference. 

Now we have a publishing house, representing 
more than fifty thousand dollars, in which the Gos- 
pel Messenger, the acknowledged organ of the 
church. The Young Disciple and the Children at 
Work, with all of the necessary Sundaj'-school sup- 
plies are regularly sent out to the homes of thou- 
sands of readers; besides a Bible and Tract depart- 
ment, sending out millions of tracts to the perishing 
souls of Adam's race. 

All of the above, and many more tell me of the 
radical changes and rapid growth of the church in 
the last half of the closing century. And 1 " see 
not now the things as I once saw them in the 
church," hence " the church is not what it once was." 
But what are the effects of these changes? Are 
they signs that " the church is trending 
Who is responsible for the digressioi 
approve of these radical changes? D 


of the church 

to raise 

the true essen 

ind send 

have the pure 


we love God a 

id many 

When Senn 

ice pre- 

Babylonian ca 

nd hun- 

of Jerusalem 

ses have 

idolatry of t 

Knowledge and understanding are 
:e of the Christian religion when we 
love of God in our hearts, and " when 
nd keep his conjmandments." 
icherib had been destroyed, when the 
ptivity had been foretold, and the city 
had been destroyed because of the 
lie wicked reigns of Manasseh and 
Amos, and in the trying times when Joshua reigned, 
and Hilkiah the high priest had found the " book of 
the law," the studying of the same caused much 
concern among the leaders of the church. Then 
they sent to the college (or school) in Jerusalem 
for counsel in the matter, because of the knowledge 
and understanding of her that dwelled tk^e. 2 
Kings 22: 14; 2 Chron. 34: 22. 

brought up at, the feet 

Will God 
e seek to 

Shall we suffer the 

little stone, 
before us? 

the land-marks 

arrest th^ 
" roll " like Ezek 
come great nioun 
" Let God be t 
we ask. Where a: 
True, as in the past, 
take place. Other 
pending that are ine 
looking to, and drawing nearer 
kingdoms of this world will b. 
of our Lord 

until they be 


pqrtant char 
ble, and we 
nearer the tin 

3f our fathers? 
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are every day 



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L/e "crept in unawares' 

ce of our Lord intolasciv 

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Jude 4. 

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that there 


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in 2Thes! 
yet been 

Acts 22: 3 (who wi 
34) and when som 
in and would have 
the church "there 
they seemed to b 
added nothing." 
Gospel's priiiciph 
Loraine, III. 

doctor of the law. Acts 5: 

of his false brethren had crept 

Irawn away even the pillars of 

was no place given them: though 

somewhat in conference, yet it 

So also it must now be when the 

s are duly held up. 



brother sir 
but, Until 

said. Lord, how oft sliiill 
rgive him? till seven tim 
into thee, Unlil seven tim 


inie Peter to him, am 
against me, and I f 
unto him, I say not 
icvenly times seven."— Matt. 18; 21, 22. 

was a certain sect of the Jews that had a 
to forgive three times and no more. We 
Peter had this custom in his mind when he 
the Savior the quest: 

thought he 
double the 

would be 
custom in 


tl and more 
said, "Till 


We think the Savior's 
times seven," does not li 
four hundred and ninety 
unlimited forgiveness the 
toward his brother. This 
cause every true Christi; 
his forgiveness toward 
short of his duty. So w 
giveness to any defini' 
to forgive as often as v 

One may think he has 
that he can scarcely for 

answer, " Until seventy 
nit forgiveness to even 

times, but teaches the 
Christian must exercise 
i is very reasonable, be- 
desires God to continue 
n as often as he comes 
ire not to limit our for- 
number of offenses, but 
ire injureS. 

een so seriously injured 
e. But after meditating 

would pay all. But the servant would not do so, 
but had him cast into prison. 

The king forgiving the servant such a great 
amount represents God's willingness to forgive even 
great offenses when a proper spirit is manifested. 
The servant who would not forgive the small 
amount represents man's unwillingness to forgive 
even small offenses. May we all be more ready to 
forgive and forget the injuries which we receive 
from others. If we forgive from the heart, as we 
must do, there will be no trouble for us to forget. 
We must also forgive as often as we are injured, if 
we want our heavenly Father to forgive us for our 
continued transgressions. 
Clifton MilU, W. Vtt. 

he considers it his duty to do so, and says, " I will 
forgive, but I will never forget." We very much 
question such forgiveness, when there is not a will- 
ingness to forget as well as to forgive. We think 
every Christian should pray the " Lord's Prayer." 
In that prayer we ask the Father to " forgive us our 
debts as we forgive our debtors." The one who is 
willing only to forgive and not forget, virtually 
says, " Father, forgive my sins, but while the cease- 
less ages of eternity move, do not forget them." 

This is the only part of the prayer on wljich 
Christ commented-, saying, " For if ye forgive men 
their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also for- 
give you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, 
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." 
Matt. 6: 14, 15. But there' is quite a contrast be- 
tween God's and man's forgiveness. We have this 
plainly illustrated in the parable of the king that 
took account of his servants. Matt. 18: 23-30. 

The king had a servant that owed him ten thou- 
sand talents, which was probably more than 515,000,- 
000. The servant being unable to pay the debt, his 
lord commanded that he, his wife and children, as 
well as all his property, should be .sold and pay- 
ment be made. But when the servant fell down 
humbly before him, begging for patience, the lord 
of that servant had compassion, loosed him, and 
forgave the debt. Now this same servant had a fel- 
low-servant that owed him a hundred pence, which 
was probably not more than Si 5. He laid hands on 
him, took him by the throat and demanded imme- 
diate payment. This fellow-.servant, being very 
poor, was not even able to pay this small amount, 
fell down humbly and begged for patience and he 


BV j. 1'. ROLLER. 

" Hut this thiny commanded I them, saying. Obey my voice, 
and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk 
ye in all 1he ways that I have commanded you, tliat it may he 
well unto you." — Jcr. 7: 23. 

The prophet Jeremiah was sent to the chiUlren -of 
Judah to call them back from their idolatrous prac- 
tice. But he tells us they hearkened not nor in- 
clined their ear, but walked iu the counsels and mi- 
aginations of their evil hearts, and went backward 
and not forward. Are we not inclined to the same 
evil? Can we not truly say we are going backward 
in some things, and not forward? 

There are many good sermons preached by faith- 
ful servants of the Master, entreating men and wom- 
en to forsake their sinful ways, but what is the con- 
sequence? They are good, attentive hearers, but 
where is the practice? I fear sometimes we are of 
the class that say and do not. We have the same 
God to deal with that the children of Judah had and 
he tells us he is a jealous God. We know that 
while the children of Judah were his chosen people, 
yet he forsook them and inflicted great sorrows up- 
on them for their constant living in disobedience. 

What can we expect for our reward if we fail to 
obey him that speaks from heaven? "See that ye 
refuse not him that speaketh: for if they escaped 
not who refused him that spake on earth, much 
more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him 
that speaketh from heaven." Heb. 12: 25. This 
makes our obligations stronger than theirs, our re- 
sponsibility ten times greater. God so loved the 
world that he gave his only Son to die for us. 
Hence the greater responsibility. 

We are living in an age of great opportunities for 
doing good. Then let us look about us and see 
where we are drifting. If backward, or worldward, 
let us turn before it is too late, lest we meet the fate 
of the children of Judah. We know what disobedi- 
ence always brings. When Saul disobeyed God he 
lost his kingdom and became a physical and spirit- 
ual wreck. God would not permit his faithful ser- 
vant Moses to enter the Promised Land for disobey- 
ing in just one instance at the Rock Meribah. "To 
obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than 
the fat of rams." I Sam. 15: 22. 

Carrington, N. Dak. 

'THE LORD'S PRAYER. "—Matt. 6:9-13. 

BV J. 


, hoH 

Did you ever think, short though 
there is in it? It is beautiful. Like a diamond in 
the crown of a queen, it unites a thousand sparkling 
gems in one,—" Our Father." It prompts us to our thoughts and desires above the earth — 
" Who art in heaven." It tells us that we must rev- 
erence our heavenly Father—" Hallowed be thy 
name." It breathes the saints' reward— "Thy king- 
dom come,"— and a submissive, obedient spirit— 
" Thy will be done on earth as in heaven: " and a 
dependent, trusting spirit—" Give us this day ( 
daily bread:" and a forgiv 
our debts as we forgive 01 
tious spirit-" Deliver us from evil." And last of 
all an adoring spirit—" For thine is the kingdom, 
and the power, and the glory forever. Amen." 

Roanoke, La. 

' Forgi\ 


mE C30SI=EIj :M:ESSE3SrC3-EE.. 



" What a friend we have in Jesua, 
All our sins and griefs to bear." 

Happy, soul-cheering words. Do wc comprehend 
them? Do we realize how much they mean? How 
true they are! Has not their truthfulness been 
proved to us with the most positive, undeniable 
proof that could be given? 

Do we treat him as a friend? He has left some 
things on record that he wishes us to do; nothing 
burdensome, nothing that will impoverish us, and 
nothing but what will redound to our own spiritual 
good for lime and eternity. How strange, then, 
that we are so prone to forget these things! We 
would hardly treat a true earthly friend as we treat 
Jesus. Yet we know that no earthly friend can do 
what Jesus has done and is still doing for us. 

What ingratitude we are guilty of! Is it not true 
that the trouble lies in our not considering Jesus as 
our personal friend? How can we doubt it? Did 
he not suffer and die for us? He is now in heaven 
interceding for us. How much stronger proof of 
friendship could be given? How much we miss by 
not realizing the depth of such friendship. 
"All our sins and griefs to bear." 

Wc would consider ourselves fortunate to have an 
earthly friend, able and willing to bear our burdens 
and cares. Let us then try to realize that we have 
in Jesus a friend who is able and willing to bear 
them all. How often is it the case that earthly 
friends are not with us and cannot be reached when 
the burden is heaviest and the blow falls hardest. 
Not so with Jesus. He is always within reach, al- 
ways ready to hear and help us. "A very present 
help in lime of trouble." 

What a favor,— the friendship of the almighty, 
omnipotent God! The only way for us to receive 
the benefit of this divine friendship is to believe fully 
that we have in Jesus "a friend who is easily 
touched with a feeling of our infirmities," and able 
to save to the uttermost. 

Philadclphio, Pa. 



All true believers in God are one in him. 
Christ, when he prayed for his disciples, John 17: 21, 
prayed that they all may be one, " as thou. Father, 
art in me, and 1 in thee, that they also may be one 
in us: that the world may believe that thou hast 
sent me." 

Does the world believe that we are the children 
of God, because we are one in him? If we are what 
we should be (of one mind) the evidence is so con- 
clusive that the world cannot find just cause to crit- 
icise. What makes us one in God? Will we find a 
united people by selecting the members from the 
different religious denominations that have all these 
qualifications: Sincerity in purpose, honesty in 
convictions, moral in character, upright in heart? 

All of the above may be ignorant of the whole or 
part of God's plan of salvation, therefore dissimilar 
in their attitude to God. To be one in God wc 
must form into one body with God as our head; so 
that God himself can speak for us and the whole 
body of believers yield obedience to " every word 
that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matt. 
4: 4. The members may have different oflfices to 
perform, but are not conflicting in their actions, be- 
cause they are all partakers of the divine nature of 
God. 2 Pet. 1: 4. This divine nature we can best 
understand in Christ's example, when, in his great- 
est agony he prayed to the Father, ".Vo/ /7j / w///. 
but as thou wilt." 

What a glorious union there is in a body of be- 
lievers that have overcome selfishness and stand 
united in the will of God. God has so arranged 
that there can be no schisms in the body of Christ, 
I Cor. 12: 25, of which all are members who have 
become one in God. 

^75 W. Market St.. York, Pa. 


Excuses are quite numerous and they are as easy 
for us to make as it is for us to sit down and eat a 
meal's victuals. They that were bidden to partake 
of the great supper were not without excuse; nei- 
ther are we. It is a very easy matter for us, when 
we are called on to do something for the Master, 
to say we have some worldly matters to perform. 
If there is any time after that is through with we 
will attend to the Lord's work. We owe our first 
service to God, " For where our treasure is there 
will our heart be also." 

We are so engaged in the affairs of this life that 
we almost forget that .we owe God anything. We 
can very readily frame an excuse when asked why 
we don't attend the services of God. Let us re- 
member our excuses may stand now, but they will 
not in the great day of judgment, when wc are called 
to give an account of the deeds done in the body. 

We can deceive each other with our excuses, but 
God we cannot. He knows whether they are justi- 
fiable or not, for there is nothing that can be hid 
from his pure eye. He knows when we are absent 
from his sanctuary, if we have become dilatory, or 
if we are hindered by sickness; but anything but 
providential hindrance he will not accept. So be- 
ware of making unlawful excuses. God will not ac- 

ept them, and will not excuse us in the day of judg- 

Middlctoivn, I/id. 



Christ's Divine Authority.— John 5: 17-37. 

Lesson for Feb. is, iSqq. 

In our last lesson we had, for our consideration, 

me of the things that Jesus did. And as we see 

d hear of these things it is natural that we should 

seek to know on what authority they were done. 

In this world there are many things said and done 

for which there is no visible authority; and because 

of this not much heed is given to them. Unauthor- 

speakers and doers are not worthy of much 

consideration. And therefore it is right and proper 

that we should demand some evidence of authority 

of those who put themselves forth as teachers and 

leaders. In the lesson of to-day we have Christ as 

the teacher of the world in religion. And he does 

it as one having authority. Because of this it is 

said of him, " He speaks as one having authority, 

and not as the scribes." 

It seems to be his manner of speaking that des- 
ignates him as being different from the other speak- 
ers and teachers of the day. In the lesson he shows 
his authority by saying that God was his father. 
""My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." He 
had healed the impotent man on the Sabbath day 
which in the eyes of the Jews was against the law. 
And no man had a right to violate law unauthorized. 
Hence they were offended. To strengthen his po- 
sition, he added: " The Son can do nothing of him- 
self, but what he seeth the Father do," etc. He not 
only gives the sonship as an evidence of his right 
to heal on the Sabbath day, but further, that his 
power in healing came to him because of his son- 
ship. The authority, had it been accepted, would 
have been all-sufificient, because they readily admit- 
ted that God, by right, had this power. But they 
were determined not to accept Christ as the Son of 
God. And in not doing this they utterly ignored 
his claims of authority. 

But the Christ knew that he was indeed the 
Son of God, and therefore continued pressing his 
claims. And he does it especially in these words: 
" Verily, verily I say unto you, The hour is coming 
and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of 
the .Son of God; and they that hear shall live." 
This is not much for us to hear, believe and ac- 

that they 


cept, but to the exacting and fault-finding Jew it 
was sacrilege and blasphemy. And he knew their 
feelings, but he staggered not at their execrations 
and thrusts. He had the consciousness of being 
right in his claims, and the right always gives bold- 
ness and determination. So he goes on from one 
proof of authority to another, until he finally closes 
with these words: "And hatii given him authority 
to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of 
man." This was pressing the evidence to the ut- 
most limit, and if there had been a possibility of 
convincing them as to authority this would have 
done it. And while they refused to accept the best 
possible evidence, it can be no excuse 
so. We have the unmistakable evid* 
were wrong and that he was right. 

As to the divine authority we h. 
We know and believe that Christ was the Son of 
God and that his authority was divine. And yet, 
how much better is our attitude towards him than 
was theirs? They did not accept his teaching be- 
cause they did not believe him to be the Son of God. 
They_ could not believe that he had divine authority, 
and therefore would not accept his teachings. We 
can bclieve^we do believe, and yet we do not ac- 
cept his teaching. Not because of unbelief or want 
of authority, but because we don't feel the need of 
a Savior. These people were reaching out after a 
Savior. They felt a need of him, but could not see 
him in the Christ as he came to them. We see the 
Christ. We are sure that he has come and that our 
salvation depends on our acceptinghim. Yet we do 
not feel enough need to accept him whom we know 
to be our only hope. We are assured that he is our 
only hope," that unless we hear the voice of the Son 
of God we shall not live. And yet we do jiot hear— 
do not accept. About his divine authority we have 
no doubts. That he has the power to save us we 
have no doubts. That we need salvation, we have 
no doubts. Having all these evidences, what is our 
excuse? Are we any better than were the Jews? 
Are we as good? 

From the lesson we may learn these lessons: 

1. That he that knoweth to do good and doeth it 
not, to him it is sin. It is a sin for us not to accept 
Christ, because we know that it is our duty to do so. 
Did I say duty? No, we should not say it in this 
way. It is a glorious privilege that we have — and 
who should not gladly accept a privilege? 

2. We should accept because we know that God 
wants us to accept him, that he may save us. He 
so loved us that he was willing to have him come 
down here, suffer and die to save us. God wants us 

int us to be lost. If this 
—should not we ourselves 

:cept Christ because of the great 
nade to induce us to do so. We 

to be saved and do 
is true — and we kn 
want to be saved? 

3. We ought to £ 
effort that is being 
have the Holy Spirit to awaken us from our slumber 
of sin. We have the Word, which is the power of 
God unto salvation. Then we have the ministry, 
the prayer meeting and the Sunday school. All 
helps — why not be saved? h. b. b. 


PARABLE OF THE ELDER SON.— Luke 15:35-32. 

1. Discouraged Son.— Verse 25. Hard work, tiredness, or 
indigestion may cause the blues, discouragement. 

2. Jealous Son.— Verses 28-30. Discouragement then jeal- 
ousy. Jealousy then anger. Auger then downright sin. 

3. IRVING Father.— Verses 12, 20, 28-31, 32. Trying to 
please the children. Careful for the children. Entreating 
an angry boy. 

4. Unfilial Son.— Verses 29, 30. Notice "thy son," "my 
friends." Father says, "All that I have is thine." Son im- 
plies. " mine and thine are different." 

5. Conclusion. — We may be in the church, and yet not love 
Heavenly Father. We may be Christians, and yet not par- 
take of the nature and joys of Heavenly Father. We may 
be partakers of the ordinances, and yet not imbibe the spirit 
of them. True children are much like their parents. 

Buisar, India. 


General Missionary 

...Tract Departnnent. 

Enoch Eby. 




S.F.Sanger.' Virginia 
KT, Maryland. 


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No man 

has in him 


n preach 

more of Christ *lhan he 

A religion that doesi 
the kind the good Samf 

When you pray that the Lord 
you, do not expect him to do it in 

Whenever the fiery furnace lies in the 
Christian's path, Christ comes down and lead; 
lim through it. 

No heathen language has " home," " heaven' 
md"love" among the words that constitiiti 
ts vocabulary. 

During the present century Chri 

has gained three times as many adherer 
did in the first fifteen centuries. 

Whenever you talk of apostol 
he work recorded of the early saints, i 
ler it says, " //c/.^ of the Apostles" i 
' Tii//cs " or " A'c'So/u/ioHS " of the apostli 

The Ideal church is a working church— t 
in which there are no drones: one in which < 
ery member makes full proof of his own sal 
lion by using all diligence in love to save o 

It is the custom of the heathen when a pes- 
tilence strikes the town, to leave the dead 
dying, and take to the woods. Here is 
prominent point of contrast between Chris 

ity and paganism. 

The attempt to serve Ood without love is 
ke rowing against the tide. Love makes du- 
r sweet. The angels are swift winged 
ervice because they love him. 

ti God"! 

One of the saddest and most discouraging 
features about foreign missionary work is the 
great stumbling block thrown in the way of 
the heathen by the lives of Europeans claim- 

D be from Christian lands. Some mission- 
ary has said that you will lind more religion on 
the banks of the Suez Canal than anywhere 
else in the world, as many who are going east 

; it here to be resumed on their return voy- 
Religion that profanes God by word or 

n a heathen land, is hypocrisy, and will be 
judged with the severest judgments. 


e indebted to saints in prison 
ued treasures. Paul's sweetest e| 
ated from prison. John's Revelat 
was given on the lonely isle of Patmos. R 
1:9. Bunyan's immortal work was written 
Bedford jail. Luther translated his Bible i 
German in Wartburg Castle. In Aberdi 
Castle Rutherford wrote the' letters that ar 
Christian classic, George Wither, the Puri 
poet, wrote many of his best pieces in pris 
James Montgomery composed many of his 
hymns in jail; William Tyndal, from Vilvorde 
jail; Anna Askew, from Smithfield, and Judson 
from the Burmese prison, wrote comforting 
and inspiring messages, while Madame Guyon's 
sweetest poems and deepest experiences were 
the result of her long imprisonment in the Bas- 
tile. Is yours a chained hand and a prisoned 
life? There may be work for you, even in 

r Christian professors think that has nothing 

do with us. He was divine, we are human. 

It is not Christ in us and we in him? Jesus 
says, " Follow me." 

launched on the sea of rSpg, bound 
for the port of l<jOo. We are like a vessel in 
mid-ocean, surrounded by a dense fog. We do 
not know if we are going into danger or safely. 
Many across the blue waters and even in our 
own communily started on the voyage of 1898 
in hopes of reaching the port of iSgg, but land- 
ed on the borders of eternity unprepared to 
meet their God. 

Christ says, "Go preach to all nations," 
Are we doing this, brethren and sisters? We 
are all going some place. All are traveler 
on life's journey. God has given each 01 
us a talent, and if we use it properly, God 
give the increase. 

All have some opportunity. Should we 

then, give ourselvi 

self for us? Should 

ed Word? Were no 

a purpose? Jesus 

Not when we get to our journey 

we go. We can feed some poor 

crumbs of the 

Christ who gave h' 
not proclaim his bless- 

ir tongues g' 

^s, " Preach." When? 
journey's end, bul 

th the 

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ruby Bi 

One Wharfdale press will prod' 
bles at the rate of 1. 125 copies per minute. 
The present printing machinery of the Oxford 
press, if It were all running on Bibles, would 
turn out 8,375 copies per minute. 

The native Christians in Bulandshar dis 
rict, India, make heroic efforts to assist in mis 
;ionary work. They tithe everything tha 
:omes into their possession, and their devotioi 
ind /.eal are worthy both of emulation and sue 

Competent Catholic authority tells us that 
" Porto Rico is a Catholic country without a re- 
ligion," meaning, probably, that it is possible to 
be a Catholic by profession, and yet to be utter- 
ly devoid of any of the traits and qualities that 
make up the true Christian. 

The combined military forces of the Euro- 

and involve an expenditure of nine hundred 
million dollars. Compared with this, how in- 
significant the amount of the missionary fund! 
Do Christians show by the expenditures in 
what they believe most? 

Never before have so many villages in India 
been reported as applying to the missionaries 
for religious instruction, and never before have 
missionaries been so much perplexed on ac- 
count of their inability to answer these requests 
and to improve the opportunities presented to 
them to teach the people that which they de- 

Faithful ministry is not a " 

en on flowery beds of ease." No man can con- 
tinually rebuke his age and yet be living a lux- 
urious life. The prophets of the Lord have al- 
ways been opposed to the age in which they 
lived. Whenever the ministry has fallen into 
accord with the age, it is not the age that has 
gone up, it is the ministry that has gone down. 
Persecution will surely be revived, if the high- 
est type of godliness is attempted to be upheld. 


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The territory to be occupied by Christian 
missionaries has been clearly defined by our 
Savior, Who would think, for a moment, that 
the power of the blood of Christ is limited to 
certain territory, when the Bible plainly tells 

tent to say the field is too large, when Christ 
himself says the field is the world. Surely. 
Christ made no mistake in defining our work, 

That the soil is not thoroughly tilled all m 
sionary workers'admit, but that doesnot excu 
us from tilling the remainder of the soil. In ni 
ground usually the best soil is found, so in ni 
territory often the best work can be done. 
is a free salvation that is offered; it is not coi 
pulsory. If we wait until we convert every i 
dividual in one territory before we branch o 
we shall never get outside of that territory. 

The thorough working of a ti.^rrilory coiisi; 

ting ■ 


hem to the truth. Then the light 

of the few w 
the opporlu 
refuse we a 
ritory we ha 

more worke 

ill radiate until it gives every one 
nity to receive the light. If they 
e not responsible. The more ter- 
ve to select missionaries from, the 
rs we shall find, and there is work 

for all. Le 

no one spy the field is too large 

' AS YE 00, PREACH." 

Jesus himself was an unlearned carpenter, 
yet he did not hesitate to preach the Gospel, 
Why? Because God was with him, in him, 
and round about him, and because he trusted 
in God tor all things. But. sad to say, sorr 

may be the cause 
of raising them to a higher and better life. 

Jesus did not mean that we should just 
preach the Gospel in our home churches, but 
go into all the world and preach unto every 
creature. His promise is, " Lo I am with you 
alway, even unto the end of the world.' 
What a blessed thought. We may not have 
mansions to preach in, but think of ihe woman 
of Samaria, who was converted by the side of 
a well. Think of the eunuch of 'Ethiopia who 
was converted on the road from Jerusalem to 
Gaza. God spoke to his people from moun- 
tain tops, Christ preached by the seaside, in 
desert places, and every where. He is our pat- 
tern. Why do we not do like him? The dai- 
sies do not all bloom around the church door, 
but some are out on the broad prairies. Let us 
carry the good news to those who never hear 
from the pulpit. If they do not heed our invi- 
tation, tbe matter rests with them; we have 
done our duty. We can leave 
We are God's watchmen; if wi 
people, their sins will be laid 
The preacher and elder cann 
work and theirs besides. Mo; 
ing all Ihey can, but are we, ai 
all we can to lead souls to Christ? 

We must not get the idea that those who do 
not follow us are necessarily following Satan. 
Read Mark q: 38-42. There are many true, 
honest, sincere believers in different churches, 
who love the Savior and are trying 

Christ says: " Feed my Iambs." No matter 
where, let us speak a word for Jesus, whenev' 
er we have an opportunity. Let us sow tht 
seed and not despise those sheep. We neec 
not do as they do, but we may let our light 
shine upon them whether 
abroad. Let us speak the words of truth and 
Christ will give us wisdom and understanding, 
A certain author has said, " Cast thy bread up- 
on the waters, and it shall return to you many 

Goshen, htd. 


: do all of 
of them ate 
members, doing 

Financial Reports. 

Mission Receipts for Jan. 18 to 24, 1899. 


; D. H. Baker, Abbotlslown, 1 


*;,6o; Miln 

,ne chiir 

1, S. S. 

; Ephiai 


0: Alice M. 

frosik, 1 

1. Mor- 

Clingcnpeul, Florn.ti. 30; total 3 40 

Mo.— Joseph Bruwn, Stcl 1 50 

OKI.A.-A. W. Austin. CuBhing 1 ^o 

luwA.-C. McBsor, Grundy Center, i 30 I .,3 da 

t*A.~LlKiic linO!!. So cents; Snrnh Ciissel, S" 

:culs; Back Creek conB„»i;tolBl » a 00 

Kans.— Abilene ch 4!; 

Totnl ( a 4S 


l^A,— A lirothor nnd slater. Waynesboro $ iS 00 

Kans. 'Slate Creek Cong a 00 

lowA.— Grundy County cb„ 76 

CHiLnHEN'fl Mission.— As reported In Y. D.. . i 30 

PA.-I''allini{Spriug cuug., U\ Hack Cruck coiiR.. 

lS:toial I 7CC 

ILL.-Nelson Shirk, MtMordB a 00 

N. J. -A fricutl. Brunswick a oo 

D. C.-Aiinie HiiUliiuLin. WiisUington ico 

Tutnl I la 00 

I'A. .\ l>M-il,u ^.ml >;isler. Wflyncfihuro. las; Llz- 

/.l,.' lloi,,'. :olMll^ ll.ii-k Ctecktoug.,(i;lotiil, . . I 26 fo 

lit. Si^iiT^.'Si-.vliinSocicty.Ut. Morris 8 co 

Kan-, Sl,,irl ..■L.kcong 4 "5 i.ouKlinour'BS.S, cUiBB 4? 

Tola! I 30 Ba 

ILL.-C. and D. clat^t^cs of HrtDiu-n'.'* Sunday 

sdioolnnd other aolkllaliims. llii.lhoi » ic cjo 

fA. -Back Creek Couk' . *r,io; ^;ir;ili Cassc^l, Su 
cents; Prank D. Mnyci, Harluvyvillc. »^; toUil. b ht. 

iND.-rAuna Hicks. l.dKiOon, »i;C,irlS. HJLkfi. 
Lebanon, li.4Si Kalle Hicks. Lebanon. 6S cents; 
Ethel Bowser, Lebanon, as cents; Anna Bowior, 
Lebanon. 45 cents; Lcsler Bowser, Lebanon, 15 
cents; total. f3.9H; less expense of leniittlne, 5 

cents] 3 13 

KANS.-Abik'nech 3 4& 

luwA.-Grondy County ch So 

AjiK.-Knoxvillech as 

Total » as 64 

Dec. i6-3i.-In the World-Wide Mission Fund tha 
amount credited to Joseph Newcomer, Newburg, Iowa. 

Hiii'iuiit (iL'<lil''<{ to iIk' ' .<rii"r< 'liiircli, Ohio, should have 

Our Prayer Meeting. 

LIFE OR DEATH.-Deut. 30: IE- 

For Week Ending Feb. 18. 

I. The Carnal Mind. 

/. Cuilly. All have sinned, Rom. 3: ig; 

condemned by the light. John 3: 18, 19. 
2, In bondage. Sold under sin, Rom. 7: 4, 

J. Doomed io death. A body of death, 

Rom. 7: 24; sin bringeth forth death, 

James,; 15. 
II. The Spebitual Man. 

/. Forgivenrss. All trespasses forgiven. 


2. Liberty. Prisons opened to those who 
are hound, Isa. 61 : I ; free by the truth, 
John 8: 32; no condemnation, Rom. 8: i. 
III. Final Re.sults. 

/. Eternal life. Life through the Word. 
2 Tim. 1: 10: John 5:24. 
- 2. Eternal death. Sure. Jet. 8; 12; Heb. 
2: 2-4: sudden, Isa. 30: 13; 24: 5, 6; fear- 
ful. Isa. 28: 17. 18: Heb. 10: 28-31; no 
remedy, 2 Chron. 36: 16; Rev. 22: ti. 

THE gosi^exj nycEssEosrca-Eie/- 

Feb. 4, i8 

The Gospel Messenger, 


Brethren Publishing House, 

The General Missionary and Tract Committee, 

Subscription, $1.50 per An 

t OfTicc nl Mouiil 

Six more have united with the church at Fearer, 
Md., recently. Meetings were conducted by the 
home ministers. 

The Ministerial and District Meetings for 
Southern Indiana will be held in the Buck Creek- 
church, March 28 and 29. 

Five accessions are reported as the result of a 
series of meetings recently held at Turkey Creek, 
Ind.. by Bro. I. J. Rost-nberger. 

At Cando, N. Dak., the church numbers seventy- 
five members, with two services each Lord's day. 
The outlook for the future is good. 

Four have been baptized and there is one appli- 
cant at the Marl City Mission, Ohio. Hro. Abedne- 
go Miller held a series of meetings there. 

The meetings held in the Back Creek church, 
Farland, Va , by Bro. Newton Filer resulted in thir- 
teen additions by baptism and one reclaimed. 

For several days Bro. S. E. Yundt, of this place, 
has been engaged in a very interesting series of 
meetings at Naperville, 111., and when last heard 
from there were a number of accessions. 

The Brethren are having a refreshing season in 
the Pleasant Valley church. Floyd Co., Va. Twen- 
ty-four were recently baptized and six reclaimed. 
There are twenty others awaiting the initiatory rite. 

The Ministerial Meeting of the Middle Dis- 
trict of Maryland was held at Hagerstown Jan. ii. 
The evening of the same day an interesting mission- 
ary meeting was conducted by Bro. David Aushcr- 

Bro. J. G. Hover spent last Sunday with the Ash 
Ridge congregation. Wis. While there he preached 
the dedicatory sermon for their new church. He 
thinks the outlook for the Brethren there is very 

Bro. Daniei M. Shenk should be addressed at 
Dorrance. Kans., instead of Russell. The D. Shenk 
in the Alnuinac with address at Dorrance and the D. 
Shenk at Russell are the same person, and his ad- 
dress is Dorrance. 

Under date of Jan. 25 Bro. M. M. Eshelmar 
writes that he was then busy with a ten days' Bible 
term at Glendora. Cal., with the best of attendance 
and interest, and that Bro. J. J. Kindig, of Nebraska 
had just closed a week's meeting at the same place 

Bro. David W. Stouder, one of our ministers at 
Emporia, Kans., expects to change his location. 
He is a farmer, and, like Elisha, must needs follow 
the plow a part of the time at least. He wishes to 
correspond with some one desiring to lease a farm 
where his work as a minister may be needed. 

To pull down the barns and build greater in order 
to serve selfish ends is not in keeping with the 
teachings of the New Testament, but to pull down 
small meetinghouses and build larger ones for the 
purpose of advancing the cause of Christ is to be 
commended. This is what the Brethren of the Pur- 
chase Line church. Pennsylvania, have arranged to 
do. They will replace the old house with a better 
one. This is^pleasing to the Lord. 

More young men should be called to the minis- 
try. The Lord wants them, and the church should 
see to it that they are elected and put to work. 
We have scores of young brethren who should be 
engaged in spreading the truth. We do not mean 
to say that we are tired of the older ministers, but 
they will soon be worn out and we must have others 
tn take their places. This is a matter of necessity 
and should not be noglected. 

It will be remembered that we left Bro. W. E. 
Roop sick at Naples, Italy, Mr. Metsker remaining 
with him. After a very stormy voyage they 
reached New York last Saturday. While far out at 
sea some of the machinery of the ship broke, and 
the vessel could make only about half speed. It 
drifted considerably to the north, but finally 
reached New York three days late. Bro. Roop is 
reported to have fully recovered from his sickness 
and stood the trip quite well. 

It is all right to both write and preach about the 
importance of supporting the ministers who devote 
their time and energies to the preaching of the 
Word. But on the other hand we should guard 
against the danger of encouraging men to cease 
preaching just because they do not receive a sup- 
port. The true preacher — the minister after God's 
own heart— does not wait for a support. He throws 
his whole soul into the preaching of the Word, feel- 
ing sure that the Lord will send the support along 
in due time. 

On the editorial page this issue we make room 
for a very important communication — "A Church, 
Home and Orphanage in India," — from the secretary 
of the General Missionary and Tract Committee, re- 
lating to the work in India. The time has come 

hen a suitable building is a necessity. This is 
most clearly shown in the article referred to. We 
trust that all of 'our readers will give the appeal a 
careful reading and respond at once to the call, 
small amount of money asked for ought to be 
sd in a very short time. 

nication to this office one of our read- 
says that those who do not read the Messenger 
are behind the times in information relating to the 
doings of the Brotherhood. He adds that one can- 
not converse with them about church work as un- 
derstandingly and as pleasantly as if they were 
readers of the paper. This is known to be true, and 
should prompt all of our present readers to seek out 
such, and urge them to secure the paper. There 
are congregations where the Messenger is read in 
every family where there are members, and the con- 
dition and zeal of these churches are quite noticea- 

We hear of a mission point where the minister 
and his wife are compelled to keep a hired servant 
to assist in caring for the man)' visitors who call on 
them. Many of these visitors come to the city and 
find it convenient to board with the minister while 
attending to their business or engaged in sight-see- 
ing. All of this expense, amounting to hundreds of 
dollars, has to be met by the General Mission 
Board, for the minister and his wife are not able to 
stand the heavy financial drain. Besides the wife is 
kept from rendering the needed assistance to her 
husband in his work, while the minister has to de- 
vote so much of his time to entertaining visitors 
that he is compelled to neglect his flock. We need 
not tell our readers that this is not right. They 
know it is not, but some good people now and then 
fail to exercise good judgment along this as well as 
some other lines. City workers are pleased to have 
members call on them, and this they can do with- 
out making the call a burden to the minister and his 
wife or an expense to the Mission Board that is 
supporting the mission. 


A LONG sea voyage, when the weather is fine, af- 
fords most ample time and opportunity for thought 
and reflection. One is cut off from all the world. 
There is no rush, no hurry, no work, no worry, no 

care, no responsibility; there are no daily papers to 
read, no telegrams to affright you, no letters to an- 
swer. You give yourself up to rest, and I do not 
know how days could be more restful than are these 
bright days sailing on the broad expanse of the In- 
dian Ocean: a level sea, blue as the Mediterranean, 
motionless as an inland lake, a light, cooling breeze, 
intensified by the onward motion of the ship, bring- 
ing memories from the homeland of June days fra- 
grant with the perfume of roses; the sun shining in 
brightness and full splendor from the moment he 
rises from the waves until he sinks into his watery 
tomb made all resplendent with a glory painted in 
the divinest colors known to nature. Ah! these are 
days not to be forgotten. Gone into the realm of 
dreams is all the world with its business, its ambi- 
tions, its successes and failures, and you give your- 
self up to the reposeful intoxication of it all and 
say, "Why should this voj'age have an end? Let 
it go on forever." 

When, on the Red Sea, I closed my first backward 
glance and mailed it at Aden I said, " This will suf- 
fice for me; others may draw further contrasts be- 
tween then and now." But with the spirit of rest 
and repose of these quiet, peaceful days of voyaging 
on the Indian Ocean comes also another spirit 
which says, " Write." And so to-day, as we pass 
not many miles from where the Tigris and Euphra- 
tes, passing through Mesopotamia, the home of 
Abraham, empty their waters into the sea, I am at it 
again, and here is another brief glance backward. 

Twenty years ago when the statement was made 
that there had been at least a thousand accessions 
to the church during the year it was felt that we 
were making some progress and were constrained to 
thank the Lord for what had been done. I now re- 
call how we rejoiced, and how we felt that God was 
most graciously blessing his people when the num- 
ber of accessions to the church for one year, as re- 
ported through the Messenger, reached the Pente- 
costal number of three thousand. Now the acces- 
sions annually are more than double the last named 
number, and should the ratio of increase, for the last 
score of years, continue, before the first twenty 
years of the coming century shall have passed away 
the annual accessions to the church of such as shall 
be saved will exceed thirty thousand souls. 

I am not among those who look only at the dark 
side of the picture, and hence I find much to be 
thankful for in the progress of the church. Neither 
am I inclined to boast of numbers, for God wants 
quality first and quantity next. It seems to me 
that we may especially rejoice that our children are 
coming to the church in large numbers. From 
among our young men and women of the present 
are to come the church fathers and mothers of the 
future. God be praised for the progress the church 
has made in looking after the young. It is one of 
the most hopeful signs of the close of the century. 

From the very first it was held by the Brethren 
to be the sacred duty of the church, according to 
the teaching of Jesus and his apostles and the prac- 
tice of the apostolic church, to support, either fully 
or in part, according to their needs, those ministers 
who gave themselves fully to the ministry of the 
Word of Truth. They protested most emphatically 
against the brood of evils growing out of a salaried 
and hireling ministry, so apparent on every side 
when they more fully organized the church nearly 
two centuries ago. Since then our conferences have 
given no uncertain sound on the question of a hire- 
ling ministry, and it is to be hoped that this may 
continue to be her record. But this has not pre- 
vented her from recognizing her duty toward those 
who faithfully serve her in spiritual things. 

I think I am fully within the limit of truth when 
I say that in more fully recognizing and performing 
this important and sacred duty the church has made 
a ver)' satisfactor)' advance in the last score of 
years. We are now sending out chosen men and 

Feb. 4, 1 8 



women to the heathen nations of the world and 
fully supporting them, so that they may give all 
their time to the work in hand. Also in cities, 
where the conditions differ from the country, minis- 
ters, who give all their time to preaching and pastor- 
al work, are receiving support. Our last Conference 
adopted a plan by which aged and infirm ministers 
and missionaries who have given their lives to the 
work shall receive a support when they are unable 
longer to labor in the field. We rejoice in this ad- 
vance, as it brings the church closer to the Gospel 
teaching and to the good old way of the fathers. 
And God is blessing her because of her awakening 
to a higher sense of duty along these various lines 
of work. 

As I write there come to me two memories; the 
one far from pleasant, the other full of joy. One 
embraces the Annual Meetings held in i88o, i88i 
and 1882, at Lanark, 111., at Ashland, Ohio, and at 
Milford, Ind. The other is the Conference held at 
Burlington Park, 111., 1S98. I am conscious from 
personal experience, as I draw a contrast between 
then and now, of a marvelous development made 
manifest by these Conferences. Who of those in 
attendance at the first named meetings can forget 
the painful impressions made upon the mind in 
those years by the lack of unity, of love, of consid- 
eration for the feelings of each other, and by the 
clashing and sparring of contentious ones. One 
must not lose sight of the fact that in those years 
the church was passing through a great crisis in her 
history, and this intensified the feelings and impres- 
sions made. But, after making due allowance for 
this, there still remains a most striking contrast 
when comparing the meetings of those years with 
the one last held. 

All who attended and looked into the work of the 
last Conference were deeply impressed with the spir- 
itual atmosphere -that pervaded every session of the 
Council. Notwithstanding the fact that a number 
of important questions came before the meeting, 
some of which had given the church deep concern 
for years and had occasioned some division of sen- 
timent, all were disposed of in the most kind and 
brotherly spirit, without an unkind word or allusion 
and with a unanimity of sentiment that was a sur- 
prise to all. The reason for this is to be found in 
the fact that the church has reached a higher spirit- 
ual plane than she once occupied. The time given 
to the consideration of Missions, Sunday school and 
educational work, and the unity and love manifested 
in our Conferences now, as surely indicate an ad- 
vance in higher spiritual life as the rise of the river 
of Egypt indicates the fall of rain in the South 

In unity, and in ridding herself of all class dis- 
tinctions, the church has made in the last score of 
years a very healthy and satisfactory growth. The 
terms " old brethren " and " young brethren " are no 
longer used among us as they were years ago. In 
1880 a resolution was passed making a marked dis- 
tinction between the old and young, and intensifying 
the feeling always existing. Those who were re- 
sponsible for the resolution seemed to forget for the 
time being that the danger line is already cro.ssed 
in the church when class distinctions are made. It 
at once alienates feeling, destroys confidence and 
gives place to the spirit of distrust. All this and 
more came to the church in those days. Now at 
our conferences no one thinks of the aged other- 
wise than to show them the respect and deference 
due them, or of the young but to recognize their 
ability when it is manifest, and to thank God that 
he is constantly raising up young men and women 
of strength and power for good to take the place of 
the aged when they are called home. In this ex- 
tinction of the difference held to exist between the 
old and young, there is an evidence of the spiritual 
growth of the church, and nothing can be more 
gratifying than evidence of such growth. In noth- 

ing do I more rejoice than in the fact that the 
church as a body is constantly gaining higher spir- 
itual ground. It is full of hope for the future, for 
to be spiritually minded is life and health and 

From the far-away homeland there comes a voice 
saying: " I have read what Bro. Miller has written, 
and he has been looking only on the bright side of 
the picture in his backward glance." I recognize 
the fact that there are some things among us yet 
that ought not so to be. But I have been drawing 
contrasts, and these show how much we have to be 
thankful for. Instead of making the most of our 
differences let us make the most of our agreements; 
instead of thinking and talking so much of these 
things that are not just as they ought to be, let us 
recognize with grateful hearts what God hath most 
graciously wrought among his people. 

I am reminded of the man who had a sore finger 
and was continually speaking of and calling atten- 
tion to it. It was a real comfort and pleasure to 
him to unbind the wound and show it to all who had 
a taste for an unsightly sore. A friend who grew 
tired of his complaining said to him: "Brother, 
dress and bind up your finger and give it a chance 
to heal, and thank God that you have nine good, 
sound, healthy fingers and thumbs." The applica- 
tion is apparent. Let us heed the lesson. 

While I have been looking backward the Shannon 
has borne us onward and onward toward our desired 
haven. And now we are thinking of the loved ones 
who are watching and waiting for us on the other 
shore. Soon we shall meet them and greet them 
once more. The great ship moves slowly and ma- 
jestically into the harbor, the rattling of the anchor 
chain breaks the dream, the voyage is ended, and 
we are in the world again. D. L. M. 

Bombay Harbor, Bee. ly. 


The twenty-first of last December the mission- 
aries in India, — Brother and Sister W. B. Stover, 
Brother and Sister S. N. McCann, Brother and Sis- 
ter D. L. Forney, and Sister Bertha Ryan — held a 
meeting to consider the work in India. At this 
meeting also were Brother and Sister D. L. Miller 
and Sister May Oiler. Bro. Miller, upon request, 

The object of the meeting was to look over the 
work done, note the progress made, and discuss 
plans for the future. Less than four years ago 
three precious ones of our number left home and 
native land to carry the Gospel to India. Now 
there are seven from the home church there engaged 
in the work of Christ, besides a native membership 
of twenty-five. Bro. Forney writes that a number 
were awaiting baptism, which was to be administered 
on Christmas ciay. Concerning the growth of the 
mission in India Mr. LaPersonne, a warm personal 
friend, said to Bro. Miller as they walked from the 
depot to the Home in Bulsar, "See what God has 
done for your missionaries! It is wonderful. Who 
would have thought three years ago that so many 
Christians would ever walk through the streets of 
Bulsar? And they are all converted, too." Every 
one in India as well as in America has great reason 
to praise God for what he has done for the cause in 

But what are the needs and future movements of 
the mission in order to keep up a steady growth? 
It was noted that the orphanage had received about 
all that could be cared for in the limited space; that 
the building was not well adapted for an orphanage; 
that the want of a building in which boys and girls 
could be cared for separately, and yet be under one 
superintendent was apparent. It was argued that 
the rents that are now paid for the orphanage and 
homes of the missionaries would help greatly in 
bearing the expense of the orphanage, as well as 
enable the missionaries to preach the Word still 
further, were proper buildings provided: that erect- 
ing such buildings would' give strength to the work 

by showing to the people of India that the mission 
has come to stay and is established in their midst. 
It was even expressed as a conviction on the part of 
some that the orphanage would become self-sup- 
porting and possibly have a small amount to its 
credit at the close of each year. 

So deeply was the meeting impressed that this 
was their greatest need, and so confident were they 
all that if the church at home knew it she would 
.readily and cheerfully supply them, that it was 
unanimously decided to ask the Committee to raise 
85,000 with which suitable land could be purchased 
and buildings for church, homes and orphanage 
erected and properly furnished. Brother and Sister 
D. L. Miller proved not only their deep interest in 
the work and their pleasure in seeing how the 
Lord's cause was prospering in India, but also that 
they thought the demand for such a home and or- 
phanage was imperative when they themselves 
placed in the hands of the Committee Sl,ooo as a 
donation pure and simple, to be a part of the 85,000 
asked for, providing the Committee would set apart 
at once from the India Sufferers' fund still on hand 
Si, 000 and draw J 1,000 from the earnings of the 
Brethren Publishing House, and would call on the 
Brotherhood to raise the other S2,ooo by voluntary 

At a recent meeting the Committee, having full 
confidence that the church would readily, cheer- 
fully, and quickly respond to such an urgent call, 
decided to send at once S3,000, which includes Bro. 
Miller's Si,ooo, so the work could be begun without 
delay. As the reader is perusing these lines that 
amount is on its way to India. Bro. Miller, as near 
as we can determine, will stay in India long enough 
to help purchase the ground, look into the right of 
the church to hold title to land, and all such kindred 
questions; assist in planning and possibly stay long 
enough to see the buildings erected and furnished. 
The Committee has all confidence that the money 
will be wisely and economically used by the Breth- 

And now who among us will withhold his portion 
of what the Lord has blessed him with, and keep our 
dear workers in India from speeding on their work 
and precious souls in that land from learning the 
Gospel and enjoying its blessings as well as we in 
America? That the orphans appreciate their home 
and love the Savior of whom they have been taught, 
that many hearts rejoice because of what the church 
has already done in India, may be seen in the warm 
reception which was accorded Brother and Sister 
Miller and Sister Oiler on their arrival at Bulsar. 
It was 9: 30 in the evening when they stepped off 
the train and met the glad company. Bro. Miller 
writes: " When we reached the Home the children 
sang, ' Oh How I Love Jesus,' and then out under 
God's own canopy, the infinite meadows of heaven 
where the stars blossom, we all knelt down and out 
of a full heart poured forth praise and thanksgiving 
to our Father who had permitted us to witness so 
much of his goodness. It was an evening sacrifice 
bedewed with tears of joy. Then, we sang, ' Praise 
God from whom all Blessings Flow ' and the chil- 
dren said, ' God bless father and mother,' and so we 
separated for the night. God be praised for what 
he has wrought among his people in the closing 
years of this century." 

As this is a suitable time to build in India, and 
the money will be needed soon, it is suggested that 
at as early a date as convenient, some time during 
February will be a very good time (or March will 
do) the elder or proper person announce a time 
when a collection will be taken up in whatsoever 
way seems best, and the amount be sent to the Com- 
mittee at Mt. Morris, 111. The contributions will be 
receipted and acknowledged through the Messen- 
ger the same as other mission receipts. 

Let the contributions be liberal, and should there 
be more than is needed for the buildings and fur- 
nishings, the balance will be used for caring for the 
dear orphans who have been gathered in. Let the 
Lord's children respond cheerfully and a blessing 
will fall upon all. 

By order of the Committee, 

Galen B. Rover, Sec. 





I HAVE been alone with Jesus, 

My head upon his breast, 
For I was very weary, 

I wanted there to rest. 
I have been alone with Jesus, 

He bid ine stay a while, 
And I felt it very precious— 



i-as weary, weary, and longed to be J 
il it was so |)eace{ul there, while lear 

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all 1 

■ I might nnl 

1 told him .Salar 

Oft called me 
And 1 asked hit 

Forever slay with him. 
veary, weary, and longed to be a 
ivas so peaceful there, while leal 
Shall I tell you what he told m 

While 1 was waiting there? 
For it took away my trouble. 

It took away my care. 
He told me bow he loved me. 

His wayward, erring child, 

1 belii 


s weary, weary, and longed to be at rest 

it was so peaceful there, while leaning ti 

Then he told me I was welcome 

To stay with him for aye; 
And he said that he would never 

Cast his loving child away. 
" Hark! " he said, " 1 am your Savior 
Firm as a rock I stand. 
Come and rest beneath my shadow 
When weary in this land." 

nly pla. 



I.v a sermon preached at this place last summer 
the preacher said a scolding Christian is a tnonstros- 
ity. The other night when a speaker in the social 
meeting quoted the saying and enlarged upon it I 
was made to say in my heart, " God be merciftil to 
me a sinner." Il brought to me very forcibly a 
broken resolution. The speaker said. Parents warn 
their children against the saloon and the dance, but 
with their pernicious habit of scolding they drive 
the children from home at an early age. They find 
the saloon and the dance more agreeable than the 
home. They lose faith in their parents and in 
Christianity, and are lost, all on account of scolding 



hour. Not for twcntj-four hours, but for 
Perhaps no means of ventilating our hous 
vidcd, and all the doors and windows av 
cally closed. 

In our churches the foul air left by the congrega- 
tion on Sunday is shut up during the week, and 
heated for the next Lord's day, when the people as- 
semble to re-breathe the foul air. They are thus 
forced, with every breath they take, to violate the 
physical laws of him whom they meet to worship- 
laws written not three thousand years ago upon 
Mount Sinai, but to-day engraved in the constitu- 
tion of their own living, breathing bodies. On 
brains benumbed and starving for oxygen the pur- 
est truth and the highest eloquence fall with little 

We sleep in a small bedroom, from which every 
breath of fresh air is excluded, because we believe 
the night air is unhealthy (there is a singular preju- 
dice against the night air, yet what other air can we 
breathe at night?), and so we breathe the dozen 
hogsheads of air over and over, and then wonder 
why we awaken in the morning so dull and unre- 

Our sitting rooms, heated by stoves, have no 
means of ventilation; or, if they are provided, they 
are seldom used. A window is occasionally, 
dropped to give a little relief, as if pure air weie a 
rarity and must be doled out to the suffering lungs 
in morsels instead of full and constant draughts. 
The inmates are starved by scanty lung-food, and 
stupefied by foul air. The process goes on year by 
year. The weakened, poisoned body at last suc- 
cumbs to disease, when we, in our blindness and ig- 
norance, talk of a mysterious Providence which thus 
untimely cuts down the brightest intellect. The 
truth is, death is often simply the penalty for violat- 
ing nature's laws. Bad air begets disease; disease 
begets death. 

All the doctors agree that if fresh air was admit- 
ted into our homes abundantly, many of the diseas- 
es we are afflicted with would disappear. Open the 
windows a little at the top and the bottom. Put on 
plenty of clothing to keep warm by day and by 
night, and then let the inspiring oxygen come in as 
freely as God has given it. And as a result live to 
a ripe old age to enjoy the life which God has giv- 
en you. Pure air is the cheapest necessity and lux- 
ury of life. Let it not be the rarest! 

Mothers, do any of \oi 
lonstrosities? 'If so, quit 

vay that can be done, 
s by the help of Aln 
vhich strengthens" u; 
Jo/f/isto-u'/i, Pa. 

;long to this class of 
Iding. And the only 
fter the habit is once formed, 
glTty God, " through Christ 



Parents, do 

■ childri 

for them 

mow there are some physical 
esponsible to God to give to 
■ few parents give to their chil- 
s of life which God intended 
for themselves. Parents are 
sometimes very careful that their children are warm- 
ly clad, and fed with nutritious food, but oh how of- 
ten are they endangering their children's young 
lives by not having pure air in their houses, the 
very gift that God intended they should have, and 
ha\-e abundantly. 

Let us look at some simple, honestly stated facts. 
-Ml physiologists assert that two thousand cubic 
feet of fresh air should be given to each person per 


A FEW sisters at Falls City, Nebr., wish to con- 
tribute their report, hoping it may encourage others 
to the great work of saving souls and aiding the 
poor. Our average attendance has been five: the 
most of the sisters live in the country and cannot 
attend regularly, but are in sympathy with the work 
and come to help when they can. We meet on 
Thursday afternoon except when we have quilting 
or comfort-making; on such days we meet in the 
morning and work all day. 

We have no regular place of meeting, but wher- 
ever we work our dinner is prepared by the sister of 
the house. We open our exercises by the reading 
of an appropriate chapter, and prayer. 

We have, since Sept. l6, 1897, quilted thirteen 
quilts, made and sold two, made and sold twenty- 
six caps, sewed twenty-eight pounds of carpet rags, 
tied four comforts, hemstitched five handkerchiefs 
and have done dressmaking to the amount of $2.50. 

In all we have taken in S30.37. Our expenses 
were S6.46. Donated to Missions, 820.50. Balance 
on hand, S4.46. 

Charity work has also been done. 



Our Sisters' Aid Society is still alive, and our 
motto is, " Go ahead," and we will by God's help. 
Since our last report we have given out , 185 pieces 
lothing, and many shoes, hose, hoods, caps, bon- 
and hats, and supplies of groceries, fruit but- 
ters, etc. We have received S25.68 and paid out 
S20.93, and have in treasury S5.35. The society has 
made many happy faces and glad hearts, and have 
placed in school and Stmday school some destitute 
children. This, we believe, will result in much 

Our last meeting was a special one. Seventeen 
sisters met at the home of Sister Ljdia Suavely to 
make clothing sufficient to start four children in" 
school. We accomplished the work with ease and 
pleasure, feeling that the divine Comforter was in 
our midst. We most ahvays meet once a month. 
Each sister donates ten cents each time we meet. 

I feel to urge the sisters everywhere to assist in 
aid society work. Those who are not situated so 
they can meet to help with the main work, maybe 
can send a dime occasionally; which will help to 
make some one glad. Those who are chosen to 
look after this work can accomplish much more 
good if plenty of dimes come to them. How true 
that the poor are always among us. and when we 
will we can do them good! 

Dear sisters, let us not be weary in well doing. 
We hope to hear more from other aid societies. It 
does us good to liear from others, as we are yet on- 
ly beginners in this great work. 



Pkiue is a destroyer to the soul and has been d 
great offense and a stumblingblock in the church 
because sinners know the Bible forbids it. We 
sometimes do not live up to our profession. How 
careful we should be that we are true to our God, 
because he is no respecter of person. His word; 
are quick and powerful, and sharper than any two- 
edged sword. If we keep the whole law, and of 
fend in one point, we are guilty of it all. Because 
of pride there are divisions in the c 
also causes offense. 

Pride and fashion belong to the 
obedience. God teaches that we sh. 
people, separate from the world, 1^ 

irch, and this 

lildren of dis- 
Id be a plain 
^wn and read 

lility for Christian 
hand on the plow 

by all men. We cannot serve God and mammon, 
and if we walk not in the light we are none of his, 
because we love darkness rather than light, for pride 
is an abomination in the sight of God. 

We also should bring up our children in the nur- 
ture and admonition of the Lord. Teach them in 
the way they should go, and when the_\' become old 
they will never depart from it. If we do not do our 
duty we shall be held accountable at the coming of 
Christ. A little kaven leaveneth the whole lump. 
The little ones love to wear hats and ruffles; but by 
kind words of mother they will be well pleased with 
a neat, plain di'ess and a nice little bonnet. The 
Holy Spirit willlead us aright. I want always to 
be led by the Spirit, and I know it will be well with 
my soul. God commands hun 
mothers. If we stand with our ha 
and look back we are not fit for the kingdom. 

God help us to be tender-hearted as Daniel was 
when he became filled with the Holy Spirit, so God 
need not use the hammer to make us see and under- 
stand. The world may point fingers of scorn at us; 
they also did at Christ. May God help us to be- 
come filled with that perfect will and love to do the 
whole law, for God is a consuming fire, and stub- 
borness is as idolatry. 

We should read and search daily and see what 
the Bible should be to us. We should see that we 
are living epistles and be led by his Spirit, for what- 
soever we ask in his name we shall receive. When 
we are enlightened through the Holy Spirit it is far 
beyond the knowledge and education of man. Lit- 
tle ones are pleased to hear what is pleasing to the 
eyes of God. God says we should continue instant 
in prayer. That would bring us under his power; 
and if we would put on the power we would have 
power, for without God's power wc have none. 
Elkhart, lud. 





Words are little things, but they are mighty in 
effect, sharper than swords or arrows, containing 
the life-giving element or the poison of death. We 
bandy them thoughtlessly about as the trees cast 
their dead leaves in autumn, and scarcely stop to 
consider where they will end. They do not end In 
this world. Whether spoken or written, their influ- 
ence extends throughout eternity, for Jesus says, 
" By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy 
words thou shalt be condemned." 

If we could see the recording angel penning down 
our words day by day and hour by hour, to be re- 
vealed in eternity, would any slang words escape 
our lips? Deceitful utterances betoken dishonesty 
before God. Shall we blacken our hearts with 
white (?) lies? It is well to think before we speak. 
Then if we can not speak pleasantly, and honestly, 
too, it is best to remain silent. But if we would on- 
ly think we could nearly always find some good 
words to use without deceit. 

Conversation is an index of character. " A good 
man out of the good treasure of the heart, bringeth 
forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil 
treasure bringeth forth evil things." When we hear 
a man curse, swear, lie, and indulge in otherwise un- 
becoming language, we know that man's heart is 
not pure. When a woman scolds and scolds from 
morning till night, and constantly rehearses the 
faults of other people, we know her heart is not 
filled with good thoughts, for "unto the pure all 
things are pure." Titus i: 15. 

Conversation in the home ought to be perfectly 
free for children as well as adults. It should be 
natural and voluntary and every one should be 
taught to keep silent while others are speaking. If 
parents will try to be cheerful their children will not 
learn to grumble. There are certain times when 
the parents should be very careful to have their con- 
versation pure and cheerful. When young lives are 
being molded for time and eternity, this is impor- 
tant. If parents never talk about their neighbors' 
faults, but rather mention their virtues, the children 
will not be slanderers or tattlers, but will become 

xcellent men ar 
Davis, W. Va. 

-lovable and beloved. 



Almost everybody prays. At least, almost every- 
body is taught in childhood to kneel before God 
and with the first lisping of speech to say, " Our 
Father." And all Christians maintain the habit of 
prayer with more or less faithfulness. 

What is prayer? It is not merely making re- 
quests to God. This is part of it; we are to make 
known our requests to him. We are to bring to 
him all our needs, small and large, and we are as- 
sured that while nothing is too great to lay upon 
God, nothing is too small to trouble him with. 
The God who cares for the birds, feeds the trouble- 
some sparrows and clothes the lilies of the field, 
cares much more for his children, supplying their 
wants. In our prayers we are to make requests to 
God for the things we need. 

But prayer is more than this. It includes con- 
fession of sins. We all daily sin against God, and 
we need every day to ask him for forgiveness. 
Then part of true prayer is thanksgiving— remem- 
bering our blessings. Prayer includes also com- 
muni.on with God. Our relation to him is that of a 
child to a father. Surely, that child would be want- 
ing in filial affection who would never care to talk 
to a father, save when it had some request to make 
of him, some favor to ask. A large part of loving 
intercourse between child and father is fellowship, 
conversation about things in which both are inter- 
ested. So the Christian who cares to pray only 
when he has some request to make, is lacking in the 
true, filial spirit. Many times, when we come to God 
in prayer, we have no special request to make, but 

merely desire to be with him, to commune with 
him. to keep ourselves in his love, to tell him of 
our love, to talk to him of our plans, and to re- 
ceive into our hearts the blessings which he has to 

Are prayers answered? Does God in heaven hear 
his children when thfey kneel on earth and speak to 
him? The Bible assures us that God is the hearer 
and the answerer of prayer. This does not mean 
that everything we ask for is given to us. Ofttimes 
the things we desire would not be the best things 
for us. Our judgment is imperfect, our vision is 
short-sighted, and we cannot tell whether the things 
we wish would be good for us or not. All true 
praying requires the final submission of every re- 
quest to the will and wisdom of God. We are to 
trust him more than we trust ourselves. If he sees 
fit to deny us the things we ask, we are to be sure 
that his way is better than ours. 

It is very important that young people get into 
their heart, at the beginning of their Christian life, 
this confidence in God's will. Manj' people have 
lost their faith because their prayers have not been 
answered. They had misread the promises, suppos- 
ing that anything they would ask for would be 
given to them. They then made requests which 
were not granted. In their disappointment they 
lost their faith, and passed into the darkness of 
doubt and unbelief. This was because they had 
misunderstood the promises. If we understand that 
every request we bring we are to submit to God's 
wisdom, however intense our desire may be, abiding 
then by his decision, we shall never find ourselves 
in perplexity because of what seems to us to be the 
unanswering of our prayers. 

When God does not give us the things we defi- 
nitely ask for, it is because he desires to give us 
something better instead. St. Paul asked for the 
removal of his " thorn in the flesh "—some sore 
bodily trouble. He asked earnestly, three times be- 
seeching the Lord to grant his request. The prayer 
was not granted, but instead there came the promise 
of suflficient grace — more grace because of the bur- 
den of pain and suffering which he was still to keep. 
Then he rejoiced in his infirmities, because through 
them he received more of the strength of Christ. 
Jesus himself, in the garden, prayed that the cup 
might pass from him. It did not pass, but, instead, 
divine grace was given and he was enabled to accept 
it without murmuring. His prayer was answered, 
not by the removal of the cup, but by the strength- 
ening of his own heart, so that he could drink it 
without murmuring. 

The lesson is very clear. When God does not 
give us the things we plead for, he will give us 
grace to do without them, and if we accept his de- 
cision sweetly and trustingly, will enable us to go 
on rejoicing. Surely it is a better answer to give us 
strength to continue bearing our load than it would 
have been to take the load away, leaving us un- 

What may we bring to God in prayer? We ought 
to bring everything, not only our spiritual needs, 
and our sorrows, and perplexities, but our business 
affairs, our friendships, our frets and worries— all 
our life. Christ wants us to be his close personal 
friends. He desires to enter into the most intimate 
relations with each one of us. He wants our con- 
fidence at every point. He is interested in every- 
thing we do — in our daily work, in our plans and 
efforts, in the children's play, in the young people's 
problems, pleasures, and studies. We should train 
ourselves to talk to Christ of everything we are 
doing. Anything we do not want to talk to him 
about we would better not do. It is a sad day for a 
boy when he has done something which he wants to 
hide from his mother. It is a sad day for any of us 
when we have done anything we are not willing to 
talk to Christ about. We would better ask his 
counsel concerning everything we are considering. 

When should we pray? Part of the pledge which 
young people all over the country are continually 
repeating these days is that they will pray every 
day. We should pray at least twice every day. 
We should begin the morning at Christ's feet, seek- 
ing blessing from him, asking for guidance, putting 

our hand in his, intrusting our life to his keeping. 
Then, when we come to the close of the day, there 
should be prayer again, the bringing of the day's 
work to God, the confessing of its faults, sins, and 
mistakes, the laying at our Master's feet of all the 
the work we have done, and the committing of 
ourselves to his keeping for the night. 

But besides these formal seasons of prayer, morning 
and evening, every Christian should be always in 
the spirit of prayer. We walk with God in our 
every-day life. Christ is just as close to us when 
we are at our daily work, in the field, in the shop, in 
the store, or when we are sitting at our desk in 
school, or out on the playground, as he is when we 
are kneeling at his feet in a formal act of prayer. 
Anywhere and at any time we may whisper a re- 
quest, or speak a word of love in his ear, and he 
will hear us. This is what St. Paul means in his ex- 
hortation that we continue " instant in prayer." He 
would have us stay all the time so close to Christ 
that any moment a word may be exchanged with 
him — that wc may speak to him or he to us. In 
time of temptation, when the pressure is sore — al- 
most more than we are able to endure, it is a great 
privilege to say, " Jesus, help me!" In some mo- 
ment of perplexity as to duty, wc may ask our Guide 
to show us what he would have us to do, and he will 
do it. If we are in danger we may run into the ref- 
uge of prayer, hiding ourselves close to Christ, as a 
frightened bird flies to its nest, or as an alarmed 
child runs to the mother. 

Those who learn to pray in this way, communing 
with Christ continually, are sure of rich blessing in 
their life. Prayer makes us stronger. It brings tlie 
divine life down into our heart. It shelters us amid 
temptation, it keeps us near the heart of Christ in 
time of sorrow or danger. It transforms us into the 
beauty of the Master. Prayer brings heaven down 
close about us, into our heart. Prayer keeps us 
close to Christ — one who prays daily and continues 
instant in prayer will never drift far from him. It 
is when we begin to omit prayer that we begin to 
leave Christ. 

These wise modern days start many questions 
concerning prayer, but a simple faith answers them 
all. If God is our Father, he surely knows his 
children and loves them. If this be true, there can 
be no doubt that he is interested in their life in this 
world, and is willing to communicate with them — 
to speak to them, to hear them when they speak to 
him. There need then be no mystery about prayer 
— it is only one of our privileges as children of God. 
— Selected by Emtna Knop. 


I HAVE known some people — men as well as wom- 
en — happily ingenious in the small services of life, 
and the house in which they live has always a favor- 
able aspect toward the sun. They use their brains 
in doing a kindness. They have received their 
commission from duty. They act in firm and set- 
tled course. Though their alms are in secret they 
are never in the dark, for they shed a light of their 
own. They give little presents which have an ex- 
aggerated attraction because they are just what you 
want. They say the right word— just what every 
one would say — only they say it at the right time, 
so that the apple of gold gleams in a basket of sil- 
ver. They have a promptness of manner which 
forestalls your comfort and helps you without any 
burdensome or humiliating reminder that the help 
is given. Watching these genial and attractive peo- 
ple I have often fallen into a despair about myself, 
for all this seems a natural gift, like music or poet- 
ry. But I have some reason to think that it is not 
so natural either, but toilsomely acquired in the ac- 
customed places— Z'/V., the oratory at the foot of the 
cross, and the cave under the hilltop of duty. 

" You cannot get into touch with God by parts; 
you must live through his whole year. You must 
know his waiting, or you will never know his activi- 
ties. You must find out how to rest in him, or you 
can never find out how to work in him. He will not 
give his Spirit by measure." 


Feb. 4, i8 



I DESIRE to call the attention of our dear sisters 
to the fact that we have demand for more winter 
3 wish to do something to- 
' here will please send us 
in that line, even though 
" Helping-Hand Society " 

clothing. All thoes \ 
wards the Lord's cai 
whatever they may ha 
it is not made up. O 
will do that. 

We have much cold weather 
children are in want of warm 
ters could some of you go wilh 
to see the parents' indifterenC' 
children's welfare, spiritually as 


ere now, and 
lothing. Dear sis- 
s into some homes 
in regard to their 
well as temporally. 

it would astonish you. There would arise within 
you a spirit of sympathy, that would not stop at the 
shedding of tears nor prayer, but the spirit of self- 
sacrifice would prompt you to action. You would 
feel impelled to reveal unto this class of people the 
beauty and happiness of Christianity. Do we long 
for happiness? Then we must make others happy 
by all the means within our power. 

We are glad to come in contact with families that 
desire their children to come to the knowledge of the 
Truth and be saved, although some of these devot- 
ed parents have not yet fully complied with the con 
ditions ol the Gospel thei 
may be led, by their little on 
of salvation. 

God grant that we may do 
seed. Some may waste, and, of cours 
God's honor it will quicken and beai 
dredfold, where we least expect to see 
us hasten to carry out the commission 
the evening is nigh. 

jjS D. St.. S. £., Wasldnglim. D. C. 

elves. Such people 
, to the full assurance 

- part I 

, die, but to 
fruit a hun- 
results. Let 





: manner. 


fault lies 

ad them into ten 
no man," Read James l 
to be tempted to try ui 
V children, and the Maste 

^-Church NcwB solicited lor tl 
meeting, send a report ol it, so that 
give name of church, county and sta 
as brief as possible. Land or other 
department. Our advertisinK coliin 

s Department. II y( 
ihcrs may rejoice wit 
. Be brief. Notes c 

These meetings will be held in the Buck Creek 
church. March 28 and 2g. Those coming from the 
West will come on trains leaving Indjanapolis at 
5: 10 A. M. and 3: 20 P. M.; New Castle' 6; 38 A. M. 
and 4: 50 P. M., arriving at Mooreland at 6: 50 A. 
M. and 5: 10 P. M. Train from the East will leave 
9: 52 A. M. Those trains will be met and ample 
conveyance furnished to take all to the church. 
All should try to meet those trains on the 0. L & 
W., Big Four Division. Some maj- have to come 
the day before. I. B. WlKE. 

Mooreland, lnd.,Jati. 2J. 

This meeting convened in the Brethreii's 1 
church, Hagerstown, Md., Wednesday morning, Jan. 
II, and was called to order by the Secretary, W. S. 
Reichard. Devotional exercises by Bro. Eli Vour- 
tee. Being without a Moderator, because of the 
death of Bro. D. F. Stouffer, Bro. David Ausher- 
man was called to the chair />ro /<■«/. The constitu- 
tion and by-laws were read, after which the meet- 
ing was organized, b)- electing for this year the fol- 
lowing officers: Moderator, David Ausherman, Vice- 
Moderator, Eli Yourtee; Secretary, W. S. Reichard; 
Treasurer, A. B. Barnhart. 

Bro. W. S. Reichard delivered the address of wel- 
come. The following topics were discussed. 

Topic I. — " The Advantages of Ministerial Meet- 
ings." Coming in touch with others, we get inspira- 
tion and learn from each other. We learn how to 
deport ourselves as ministers. This strengthens the 
church where the meetings are held. It better qual- 
ifies us to meet the issues of the day. It inspires 
the laity to hold up the minister's hands. 

Topic 2.—" How shall th 
Work for Best Results? How Secure 
No two fields can be worked in the sam 
Missionaries must adapt themselves to thi 
ments. I Cor. 9; 19-22. They should not attempt 
to tear down other people's Jiouscs. You cannot 
catch birds by throwing stones at them. By taking 
a cudgel you can break a piece of ice into small 
pieces, but it is ice still. " Preach the Word," etc. 
2 Tim. 4:2. Teach the people how they can take 
part in the mission work. Lay asi 
has prospered, for special purposes, 
with the ministry when the laity fails to contribute. 
Begin at once to teach the children to give for mis- 
sion work. Organize tnission bands. 

Topic 3.—" What is the Relation of the Sisters' 
Aid Society to the Church? Its Benefits and how 
Conducted? " It acts as a helper to spread the 
Gospel, and as an encouragement to the ministry. 
By their visits into the homes, they can be strong 
instruments in combining the efforts of the laity in 
church work. It secures a better attendance to reg- 
ular services and develops a missionary spirit. 
These societies are conducted by choosing from 
among the sisters the pioper officers,— moderator, 
secretary and treasurer. Then have set times to 
meet in church or at the homes, and conduct devo- 
tional exercises, singing, prayer, etc. Make re- 
ports of work, appoint special committees for spe- 
cial woik, such as visiting the sick, the poor and 
the spiritually weak, organize the children and get 
them interested in the church. 

Topic 4.—" Does the Phrase ' Suffer us not to be 
Led into Temptation' Convey the Meaning of 
Matt. 6: 13? " " Suffer us not to be led into temp- 
tation " does not convey the same ineaning as Matt. 
6; 13, because the latter is a petition to God that lie 
lead them not into temptation, the former that God 
would not allow any poi« 
tation. " God tempteth 
13, 14. He permits us 
Job, Daniel, the Hebre' 
are examples. 

Topic 5. — " Best Mode of Conducting Ci 
Meetings." The business that is to come before the 
meeting should be arranged by the officers of the 
church and then be properly presented to thi 
church by the elder who is the moderator of th' 
meeting and who should take no part in the discus 
sions. If there is a tie upon any question he should 
cast the deciding \'ote. Love and Christian cour- 
tesy should prevail. The moderator should have 
some knowledge of parliamentary rules. 

Topic 6.—" Faults of Ministers. How Correct 
them? " Too many are lazy and do not prepare for 
their work. They are too much absorbed in world- 
ly things, pick at their watchguards, or the corner 
of the vest. Some do not stop talking when they 
have finished their sermon. Some in their gestures 
are not expressive. They do not take care of their 
Bible, — slam it down irreverently on the stand, or 
strike it with their fist in a very rude manner. 
Some have needless repetition of language. All 
this may be corrected by observation, by having 
some kind friend remind them of these things. 

Topic 7.—" How Should the Pastoral Visit be 
Made to be Most t^ffective? " Make it a special vis- 
it, not one you mix up with business. Try to take a 
tneal with them and also have worship. The min- 
ister should be careful in his conversation and con- 
duct, so that " his good be not evil spoken of." 
Rom. 14: 16. Make friends with the children, so 
that they do not run when the preacher comes. 
Be sure to visit the family that de 
visited. Visit the isolated first 
the pastoral visit should not take 
deacons' visit. 

Topic 8. — " Love Feasts. — How Conducted for 
Best Spiritual Benefit? " Do not make the service 
too long. Be careful that there is no confusion. 
Have everything properly arranged, that there need 
be no consulting and talk. See that the congrega- 
tion is seated and that the aisles are not crowded 
with people standing up. In washing feet have a 
tub to every fifteen or twenty communicants, so as 
to shorten the service as much as possible. When 

the ordinances can be performed in silence, the seiv- 
can be made impressive and you can get the 
best spiritual benefit out of them. 

the missionary meeting. 
This meeting was held on the evening of the llth, 
conducted by Bro. David Ausherman. An interest- 
ing program was rendered, interspersed with sing- 
ng, led by D. N. Flora. 

Memorial services in behalf of brethren D. F. 
Stouffer and D. Emmert Rowland were held and 
resolutions of condolence adopted. 

Committee on program for next Ministerial Meet- 
ing, D. Victor Long, Oliver Butterbaugh, Harry L. 
Rowland. W. S. Reichard. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

Hartford City.- 

eries of meetings a 


3ro. B. F. Honeyman is to commence a 
Hartford City, Feb. 4.— j¥. D. Mummerl, 

North Fork Our series of meetings will commence March 

It. Bro. E. M.Cobb, 6( North Manchester, will do the preach- 

Mtllersburg.— Bro. Quincy Leckrone is engaged in a series 
of meetings in tlie Rock Run churcli, Ind. Meetings are to 
continue some time yet.— A'. B. Heeler, Jin. 13. 

Baugo.— A number of our sisters recently 
homes in this cong 
siou work at Chica] 

those neglected child 
/„,;. IQ. 

Middle pork.— A 
years ago. After an 
health and : 

ion to prepare some work for the mis- 
We deem it quite a privilege to help 
n in the city of Chicago.—.?. R. Fread, 

middle-aged man left the church some 
attack of illness he has been restored to 
lembership. He is now improving both 
itually.— 7o/(« E. Melzger, Edna Mills, 

Notice The Sunday school program committee desin 

calls from the churches of the District of Northern Indiar 
for a place of holding the Sunday school meetitig. Chuich, 
desiring it can notify the undersigned.— /no. W. Kilsoii, Mt 
hrsburg, hid., Jan. 2J. 

English Prairie — We had a 'pleasant 
Bro. Hiram Fortiey, of Goshen, Ind. He c 
ing on the evening of IJec. 29, and continued until the e 
of Jan. 22. He preached each night,,and also preached 
n day t\mQ.~Joltn Long, Jan. 26. 
I series of meetings is 
place. Bro. E. M. Cobb, of North M; 
has delivered many soul-cheering 
cepted Christ and several more are 
Sunday school is in a prosperou: 


ing, held by 
need preach- 



es not want to be 

Remember that 

the place of the 

3w tn progrf 
Chester, is with us, 

:ar the kingdoi 
tion, wiril Bro. John R. 
Rettinger as Superintendent.— ;?rf///i Rettinger, Darliiiglon, 
Ind., Jan. 27. 

North Manchester.— The special Bible Term is yet being 
continued and a great interest manifested. Bro. T. T. Myers, 
of Philadelphia, is doing the preaching each evening. The 
large auditorium is often filled to its full capacity. Ten have 
been baptized and we have one applicattt for baptism. We 
feel that the spirit of the Lord is among us. Many are deeply 
impressed with the thought of their duty to God.— Z>. C". 

Muncie.— We expect Bro. Noah Fisher, of Huntington 
County, Ind., to be with us Feb. 14, to assist in a series of 
meetings in our churchhouse here in the city. We extend an 
invitation to the members of the adjoining churches to come 
and assist us in the work. Members who have friends living 
in the city should write to them, tell them of our meetings and 
encourage them to attend. Our place of meeting is corner of 
Jackson and Council Streets.— c;<!0. L. Sliidebalier,Jun. 2J. 

Winamac— The Mission Board sent Bro. Aaron Moss to 
hold a series of meetings for us. The meetings commencetl 
Jan. 5, and continued until Jan. 22,— in all twenty-five ser- 
mons. Jan. 15, the father of the writer, being afflicted, re- 
quested the ordinance of anointing. This was attended to aft- 
er services. The audience seemed much impressed by the 
service. Our meetings resulted in seven baptisms and one re- 
claimed. The applicants ranged from nine years to seventy 
years of age. Two others are awaiting baptism.— ICot. E. 
While, Jan. 22. 

Turkey Creek.— Bro. I. J. Rosenberger, of Covington, Ohio, 
came to us and commenced a series of meetings at Graveltpn, 
Dec. 29, and continued till Jan. 23, preaching in all forty soul- 
cheermg sermons. Five made the good confession and were 
received into the church by baptism, and others were near the 
kingdom. The interest and attendance were good, although 
greatly hindered bv sickness, as nearly one-half of the people 
were sick. Bro. J. H. Miller and wife, of Goshen, stayed with 
us during the meetings, and assisted us in song service, espe- 
cially during the last week of our meetings, as Bro. Henry 
Wysoiig. our leader in singing, left us to attend the Bible 
school in North Manchester— i. D. Ulery, Nappanee, Ind., 
Jan. 27. 



Pleasant Hill.— Bro. J. L. Guthrie, of Herring, Ohio, com- 
menced a series of meetings in the Pleasant Hill church, Dec. 
24. and conliimed until the evening of Jan. 8. He labored 
earnestly during these meetings, and the members were much 
encouraged.— AV/(j Keith, Mapieivood, Ohio. Jan. 22. 

Maple Grove—Jan. 22 we met in regular council. Consid- 
erable business came before the meeting. Four letters of 
membership were granted. Bro. Wm. Dessenberg presided. 
We elected officers for Sunday school. The lot fell on Bro. 
Dillen IJague, as Superintendent; and Bro. David Snyder, as 
Assistant. We have services every Sunday and prayer meet- 
ing every Sunday evening.~^//rt Beeghly. Ashland, Ohio, 
Jan. 24. 

Donnel's Creek.— Eld. Michael Flory, of Girard, 111., came 
to us Jan. 10, and remained until the evening of the 22nd. -He 
continually reminded us of what the Lord has in reserve for 
those who faithfully serve him. One was received by bap- 
tism. The meetings closed with a good interest. At our last 
council the sisters of New Carlisle were granted the privilege 
of organizing a sewing society. Bro. J. C. Bright is expected 
to be with us in New Carlisle next month.— £"w?«a Wine, 
North Hampton, Ohio, Jan. 23. 

Marl City Mission.— Bro. Abednego Miller, of Degraff, 
Ohio, began a series of meetings at this place on the evening 
of Jan. 7, and continued until the 22nd. The attendance was 
excellent and much interest manifested. Four were baptized 
and one applicant awaits baptism. All are young people. 
Not long ago there were only two or three members at this 
place, but the number has increased until there is quite a band 
of earnest workers. The success at this place, like at all oth- 
er new points, would be augmented if they had a house of 
their own. The meetings were held in the school house.— /<?//« 
R. Snyder, Bellefontaine, Ohio, Jan. 2j. 

Markleysburg.- Last Friday our hearts 
when six more were made willing to follow t! 
holy ordinance of Chri: 

made | 
w the Master in 
We intend to c 

sof r 

tmgs 1 

at Fe, 



Jan. 28, to be conducted by the hoi 
house, Jan. 3j. 

Little Swatara The di 

inghouse was favored by a 

Henry Royer, of Lincoln, Pa. Much interest 

during the meetings, while the precious seed was sown. The 

meetings commenced Jan. 15, and closed Jan. 22. Some deep 

impressions have been made. At our regular meeting three 

were received by baptism. — E. M. l-Venger, Fredericksburg, 

Pa.. Jan. 22. 

ding Merkey's meet- 
of meetings, held by Bro. 

Qreenspring:. — We enjoyed a 
Lord (Jpring the holiday weeks, 
ville, did the preaching. Some 
Jacksonville meetinghouse Bro, 
Word with power from Jan. 7, ai 

season of refreshing from the 
Bro. John A. Miller, of Oak- 

vere much impressed. At the 
Orville Long held forth the 

d continued two weeks. Two 

ounting the cost. 
enings to attend 

Truth and others are 
Some members drove ten miles in the 
these meetings — R. Givler,Jan. 23. 

Manor.- The members at Purchase Line 
range to remove the old house and build a new one in the 
same place, larger. The object is to build large enough to 
hold Communion meetings and also accommodate all who 
may wish to attend during a series of meetings, which could 
not be done heretofore. Grippe is very prevalent here and 
the weather is very changeable. Many, especially old people, 
have died suddenly. — Lizzie Swartz, Purchase Line, Pa., Jan. 

Upper Codorus.— Nov. ig Bro. Reuben Grabil, of L; 
ter County, Pa., commenced a series of meetings, which 
closed Nov. 29, Jan. 14 Bro. Henry Beelman, of Dillsburg, 
Pa., commenced a series of meetings which closed on Jan. 
24. These meetings were held at the Black Rock church 
and were very interesting. Jan. 14 Bro. Levi S. Mohler, of 
Dillsburg, Pa., commenced a series of meetings at the Pleas- 
ant Hill churoJi, which is still in progress at this writing. 
Eleven have made the good choice and others are counting 
the cost.— £■. S. Miller, Black Rock, Pa., Jan. 25. 


Grand Valley.— We met in quarterly council with the 
Brethren at the upper end of the Valley Jan. 7, at 11 A. M. 
Bro. Watkins presided. The business was transacted har- 
moniously. We reorganized our Sunday school at this end 
of the Valley two weeks before Christmas, for the next six 
months. The writer was reelected Superintendent, and Bro. 
Geo. Long, Assistant. We are enjoying a good school, with 
increasing numbers and interest. We use the Brethren's liter- 
ature, which all seem to like very much. Bro. D. M. Click 
preached for us each alternate Sunday at n A. M.— ■/. J. Fer- 
guson, Fruita, Colo., Jan. 2j. 

Poudre Valley.— The members of this church were encour- 
aged by Eld. J. D. Hildebrand, of Missouri, locating in our 
midst. Bro. Hildebrand began meetings nine miles east of 
Ft. Collins, Jan, i, and continued until Jan. 5, when they were 
closed on account of sickness, which prevented the writer and 
several others from attending, Jan. 14 we held our regular 
council. Bro. Whisler, of Lyons, was present and offered his 
resignation as elder in charge of this church. This was ac- 
cepted and Bro, Hildebrand chosen as our elder. Bro. Hilde- 
brand is missionary for Northern Colorado, and expects to be- 
gin meetings in Denver, Jan. 22, if health will permit.—/. F. 
Shuck, Ft. Collins, Colo., Jan. 24. 


I closed a two weeks' series of meetings in 
Brock's Gap church. Mountain Grove house, Jan. 22, with 
by baptism and several applicants. Many 
ingiy near the V.\ngi\om.~yacob A, Garter, 

Green Mount.- 

ne to the 
lings. He preached 

Jan. 2j. 

Haran.-Bro. D. N. Eller, of Dalevillf, 
Kittinger Chapel and held a se 
fifteen sermons.* We had th 
claimed. We had a large attendance and good order. Good 
impressions were made on many.— A'. B. NeJf.Jan. 24. 

Troutville.-'lo-day was the time for our regular church 
meeting at the Valley church, Botetourt Co., Va. A good deal 
of business was disposed of in a very pleasant way. Some 
preparation was made for the coming Annua] Meeting, Our 
solicitors for mission work reported, which was very satisfac- 
tory. We think there is no just cause for any church in our 
Brotherhood to neglect to have solicitors, to see all the mem- 
bers, that all may help as the Lord has prospered them, to 
spread the Gospel of Christ. One sister was baptized; also a 
brother two months ago,— the result of a short series of meet- 
ings held at one of the outposts of this church by Bro, J. T. 
Layman.—^. L. Shaver. Jan. 21. 


Brownsville.— Last night, Jan. 22, closed a two weeks' se- 
ries of meetings in the Brownsville church by Bro. C. F. Aush- 
erman, of Ellerton, Md. We had good, instructive, forcible 
preaching, good attendance, and the best of order and attention. 
The faithful labors of the elders and others of the congrega- 
tion give us a strong hold at this place. Four baptized and 
one reclaimed. - Geo. W. Kaetsel, Gapland, Md., Jan. 23. 

Woodbury.- Our young people's meeting at this place has 
ng along very satisfactorily for some time. From 
the time it was organized it has been under charge of a presi- 
dent, elected once a year, but recently we thought it better to 
make a change in this plan, and now the meeting is looked 
after by a committee of three, there being also a secretary and 
treasurer. The change is well received all around, and, we 
think, will be an advantage. It is the testimony of our minis- 
ters that the meeting is a great benefit to the church and 
d, would ben- 

themselves. Such a meeting, properly 

efit any congregation. The attendance at our meetings, late- 
ly, has been smaller than usual, on account of much sickness 
here,— mostly .fr(>>^tf.—t?. W. Hull, Jan. 3:^. 


Clarence — Eld. D. E. Brubaker, of Mt, Morris, 111., and Sis- 
ter Holden, of Waterloo, Iowa, are with us at this time, and 
having very interesting meetings. Sister Holden is a great 
help in the song service, which gives inspiration and life to a 
meeting. — Jolui Zuck,Jan. 21. 

Laurens.— Bro. O.J, Beaver began a series of meetings at 
this place Dec. 24 and closed Jan. 10, preaching in all twenty- 
one refreshing sermons. We feel he has done a good work, 
and are greatly built up and encouraged spiritually by the 
meetings.—/'./. Suter,Jan. 2j. 

Elm Grove.- Eld. C. M, Brower came to us Jan. 7 and left 
Jan, 23. He preached eighteen sermons. We had a good 
meeting and good attendance. The members were much 

built up and 
brother also visited 
Mary Stout, Jan. 2y. 
Harlan.— By requ 

jged. Some wi 
several familie 


of the Harlan church, assembled in 
) the Brotherhood that, after March i, 
this church will be left without a minister. They are de- 
;, if there are any ministering brethren that wish to lo- 
n a field where their labors are needed, that such should 
correspond with Bro. C. H. Strohm, Harlan, Iowa, the secre- 
tary of the church. It is much desired that some brother 
would locate among them permanently. This is an excellent 
farming country. Farms could be bought or rented, if looked 
after in time.— /oi. L. Myers, Jan. 21. 


Osage. — Our two weeks' meetings, conducted by Bro. Wm, 
B, Sell, resulted in three accessions. Our meetings seemed 
to be enjoyed by all. The best of order prevailed during the 
meetings. We believe that lasting good has been done to 
saint and sinner.— Z>, P. Neher, McCune, Kans..Jan. 23. 

Cheyenne Bro, G, H. Sharp (the blind preacher) com- 
menced a series of meetings at Atwood, Jan. 14. We had 
nine sermons in all. He did not fail to declare the whole 
counsel of God, We have only one member in Atwood, but 
others are near the fold. — N. E. Hiltabidel, Atwood, /Cans., 
Jan. 22. 

Morrill. — We have just closed a very successful Bible nor- 
mal of ten days' duration, conducted by Bro. C, E. Arnold of 
Mcpherson, Kans. A class of more interested searchers after 
the precious gems in the Word could scarcely be found. The 
class numbered more than eighty members, besides many oth- 
ers who met with us from time to time, Bro. Arnold possesses 
the rare ability of securing the good will and hearty coopera- 
tion of all those interested in the work. — T. A. Eisenbise, Jan. 

Deep Water 

Geo. Lentz, oureld 
ing. Considerable 
On Sunday Bro. Li 
Heb. 9: 27. It 


We held our quarterly c 



onducted the meet- 

Ihe spirit of love. 

congregation from 

I be present and en- 

joy the meeting. — Lizzie Fahnestock, Montrose, Mo.,Ja> 

East Prairie.- We met m quarterly council Jan. 21. Ten 
were received by letter and one by baptism since our last re- 
porl.- /<?Ah R, Grojf, Whiting, Mo.. Jan. 23. 


Astoria — A Bible Term of ten days, by Bro. C. Gibson, and 
Bible talks by Bro, Wm. Bingaman, will be held in the Wood- 
land church, III,, three miles northeast of Astoria, beginning 
Feb. 2. All are invited.— Cyrwjf Bucher.Jan. 2a. 

Lexington. -Eld. S, Bucklew closed his series of meetings 
in the Olive Branch church Jan. 15. Two were added to the 
church by baptism. The Brethren feel much encouraged to 
continue the work here, as we believe some good seed was 
%o\si\.~Owen Opperntan,Jan, 23. 

Macoupin.-Last Wednesday. Jan. 18, Bro, M. J. McClure 
was called by telegram to our church, to preach the funeral of 
a sister. Yesterday (Jan. 22) he preached the funeral of her 
dear husband. This makes four officers that we have lost by 
death in a year's tirne.-^«c E. Patson, Girard. 111., Jan. 23. 

Camp Creek.-Jan. 13 Bro. Wm. Bingaman came among us 
and preached at the Baptist church at Fandon on Saturday 
night, Sunday and Sunday night. On Monday night he com- 
menced his Bible Land talks in the large Fandon hall. His 
talkswere very interesting. Some nights the hall was filled 
to its utmost capacity, so much so that some feared it would 
break down. The stores were all closed through the hours of 
his talks, and everybody went to hear him. His talks gave us 
a better understanding of the Bible. From here Bro. Binga- 
man went to Colchester, III., where he is giving his talks now. 
— Sam. Myers, Fandon, III., Jan, 2y. 


Cando.-We met in council Jan. 14. The business was all 
disposed of in a pleasant manner. Last Thanksgiving day 
we dedicated our new church building in Cando. Previous to 
that time we held services in one room of the public school 
building. We now number about seventy-five members in 
and around Cando, with Bro. J. C. Seibert as our elder and on- 
ly minister. We decided at our council to have two preach- 
ing services each Lord's day,— morning and evening. We 
have also organized a weekly Bible reading class. Our Sun- 
day school continues through the winter. Attendance and in- 
terest are both good. Bro. Seibert will begin a series of meet- 
ings Feb, 4. We feel that the Lord is doing much for us here, 
and blessing us in his work. Much still remains to be done. 
—Mary L. Miller, Jan. 24. 

Paradise Prairie. — Bro. Jacob Appleman preached to a 
full house on Sunday, Jan. 22. There were lour received by 
letter. Bro. A. Neher conducted the meeting at night. Our 
series of meetings will begin on the second Sunday of Febru- 
ary.—/. H. Cox, Clarkson, Okla. T.Jan. 2^. 

Notice, -The Mission Board of Oklahoma and Indian Ter- 
ritory met at the Mount Hope church and transacted all busi- 
ness pleasantly. There are many calls for preaching in isolat- 
ed places, but as the laborers are few and means are short, 
the Board would urge each church to come forward with a 
helping hand. The Board is very short of money and is anx- 
ious to receive all that may be sent.—/ H. Cox, Clarkson, 
Okla. T.iJan, 2_s. 

Wabasso.— Bro. C, D. Hylton commenced a series of meet, 
ingsjan. 7. Jan. [4 we held our quarterly council, electing 
new officers for the year. We also appointed a home mission 
board, to look after the work here at home, and solicit money 
to be used in that direction, so the burden will not be too 
heavy on our ministers. On the evening of Jan. 14 we held 
our Communton,-the second ever held in this place. We 
felt that the Lord was with us and that it was good for us to 
be there. Bro. Hylton continued the meetings until Jan. 22, 
with very good attendance. One was received by letter.— ^n- 
naM. King, Jan. 23. 

Slckels.— Our series of meetings in the eastern part of the 
New Haven church began Jan. 5, and continued till Jan. 20, 
conducted by Bro. John Lair, of Custer, Mich. The interest 
was good and the meetings well attended. The sermons were 
inspiring and gave us many good thoughts and lessons. We 
trust the Word may be as seed sown on good ground. We 
have an evergreen Sunday school. Our house is cold, and we 
can see out between some of the logs, but cold weather did 
not freeze us out this winter. — David E. Sower, Jan. S4. 
Cltronelle. — I will likely make this my stopping place for 
the balance of me winter. We have Sunday school and 
preaching every'Lord's day. Bible Normal every Sunday ev- 
ening, prayer meeting each Thursday evening. Surely this is 
a pleasant place for those that wish to spend the winter in a 
mild climate and among the tall green pines. The school 
building is located on a fine level plateau, dotted over with 
beautiful pines.— ^, £>. Stutsman, Jan. 22. 
Beaver Creek.— Our series of meetings, conducted by Bro. 
J. B. Moore, of Octavia, began Jan, 9 and closed Jan. 21. 
The attendance was good. Bro. Moore's sermons are soul-in- 
spiring.- Corrt Cooper Saylor, Aurora, Nebr.,Jan. 23. 
Scottville.— I am now with the Pleasant Valley congrega- 
tion, Floyd County, Va., in the midst of a series of meetings. 
There have been twenty-four baptized and six reclaimed. 
Twenty more will be baptized to-day. —/<7^« C. IVoodie, Jan. 24. 

the; QOSFEL li^ESSElSrO-BE.. 


Report from the Northern Mtesourl 
Mission Field. 

April 12, 1808, the Mission Board of the 
Northern Missouri District met at Plattsburg. 
Mo, Plans were consummated upon that day, 
by which Bro. D. B. Gibson, who was present, 
became our evangelist. He began work April 
15, continuing until Nov. 29, when he tendered 
his resignation, having been called home by 
sickness, the nature of which rendered his re- 
turn impossible. 

During the short time he labored for us he 
visited fifteen different churches, and held 
several series of meetings, preaching altogeth- 
er one hundred and three sermons. He visited 
and admonished many individuals, seeking to 
lift them to a better life. He brought to the 
church by baptism, seventeen; by restoration, 
four; besides rendering much valuable service 
in important church work at several different 
places. He served on committees twice, and 
held one election. It is with deep regret that 
we see Bro. Gibson leave the field. The mis- 
sion points under his care were greatly re- 
vived, and future prospects seemed very 
bright. We consider it a great loss to the mis- 
sionary field of Northern Missouri that Bro. 
Gibson was compelled to relinquish his labors 
here. G. W. Elleniiekger. 

Plattsburg, Mo. 


residence of the bride's parents, near Oakley, 
Macon Co., 111.. Dec. 28, 1898, Bro. Paul Mc- 
Clureand Sister Katie Ulickenstaff. 

M. J. McClure. 


bride's parents, near Gushing, Okla., Jan. 15, 

i8q9, Mr. H. A. Stackhouse, of Gushing, and 

Sister Nellie M. Andrews, near the same place. 

A. W. Austin. 


LETHERMAN.— In the Palestine church, 
Ohio, Dec. 14, 1898, Sister Elizabeth Lelher- 
man, wife of Bro. James Letherman, aged 77 
years, i month and 2 days. Deceased was 
born in Washington, D. C.. Nov. 12, 1821. She 
was left an orphan when only six years old. 
She was married to James Letherman Oct. 12, 
1843, with whom she spent fifty-five years of 
congenial companionship. To them were born 
eleven children, eight of whom survive her. 
She united with the Brethren church in 1853, 
and lived faithful until death. Funeral serv- 
ices by the writer from 1 Cor. 15: 31. 

Frank Fisher. 

WILSON,— In the Mexico church, Ind., 
Jan. 15. 1899, John Wilson, aged 88 years, 10 
months and 18 days. Deceased was born in 
Gallipolis, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1810. He was one of 
Indiana's early settlers, and endured the hard- 
ships of a new country and the cares of a large 
family. He united with the Brethren church 
and was ever faithful. Services from Job 5: 
26 by Eld. Isaac Frantz. Frank Fisher. 

MARTIN. — In the Spring Grove congrega- 
tion, Lancaster County, Pa., Jan. 12, 1899. Sis- 
ter Nora N. Martin, daughter of Bro. Isaac G. 
and Sister Kate K. Martin, aged 20 years, 7 
months and 10 days. She was baptized upbn 
her fifteenth birthday and lived an exemplary 
life to her death. She was a faithful worker in 
the Sunday school, and will be missed thei 
also in the regular services and the home. Fa- 
ther and mother and one son survive to mou 
her early demise. Services by the Brethren 
a large concourse of people from Fsa. 73: 24, 
1. W. Taylor. 

STAYER. — At Woodbury, Pa., Sept. 
1898, Sister Sarah Stayer, aged 70 years, 8 
months and s days. Services by elders J. K, 
Brown and J. B. Miller from i Cor. 15: 21, 
The subject of the above notice had gone to 
the Eastern Shore of Maryland to visit some 
of her children, where she sickened and died 
Her remains were brought home and laid tc 
rest in the family graveyard. J. C. Stayer. 

LONG.-In Fanora, Iowa, Jan. 2, 1899, of 
rheumatism of the heart, Bro. Isaiah Long, 
,ged about 72 years. He was born in Mary- 
land, where he married Miss .Sarah Looking- 
bill, and then moved to Illinois, where they 
lived until they moved to Guthrie County, 
Iowa, in September, 1862. He anJ his com- 
panion united with the Brethren church long 
ago in Illinois, and have lived consistent Chris- 
tian lives since. He leaves a wife and seven 
children. Services by brethren Diehl, Fitz 
nd Deardorff. J. D. Haughtelin. 

HOCHSTETLER.— In the Middle Creek 
congregation, Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 12, 1899, 
Bro. Godfrey Hochstetler, aged 63 years and 2 
lonths. Services from i Thess. 4; i4 by the 
riter. H. A. Stahl. 

PYSEL. — Ill the Accident congregation, 
Md., Dec. 22, 1898, of consumption. Sister Re- 
becca Pysel, nee Keller, aged 74 years, 7 
ths and 1 1 days. She was the wife of Bro. 
Jacob Pysel, who survives. She leaves a hus- 
band, two sons and two daughters. One son 
id two daughters preceded her. Sister Pysel 
IS a fahhful and consistent member of the 
Brethren church for a number of years, Serv- 
:s by the Brethren from Psa. 73: 24. 

David Hochstedler. 
TEETER.— In the bounds of the Okaw 
church, Piatt Co., 111., Jan. 14. 1899, Bro. Levi 
R. Teeter, aged about 74 years. Bro. Teeter 
born July 24, 1824, in Bedford County, Pa., 
ried to Fanny Brown Dec. 25, 1851. To 
union were born four children, who, with 
the mother, survive. Bro. Teeter was a mem- 
ber of the Brethren church for about forty 
;, and lived a consistent Christian life, 
ces by the writer from 2 Tim. 4: 6-8, as- 
sisted by Bro. I. W. Brubaker. Interment in 
the Inscola graveyard. John Arnold. 

PETERSON.— In Mallard, Iowa, Jan. 5, 
99, infant child of A. C. and Rosetta B. Pe- 
rson, aged I year and 3 months. Services by 
Bro. P. Sutter from Luke 18: 16. 

E. C. Whitmer. 

HEINEY,— Near Norborne, Mo.. Jan. 3, 

199, Sister Leah Heiney. nee Ritter, aged 87 

years, 2 months and 17 days. She was born in 

Montgomery County, Ohio, Oct. 14, 181 1. In 

828 she was united in marriage to George 

Heiney, who preceded her in death forty-eight 

ars. To this union were born ten children, 

'o of whom died in childhood. She united 

th the Brethren church in 1850. and lived 

faithfully till death. Her remains were 

rought back to the Nettle Creek church, Ind., 

here she had lived for many years. Services 

at Brick church by the writer, assisted by Bro. 

L. S. Dilling from i Thess. 4; 18. 

Abraham Bowman. 
SIMON.— In the bounds of the Macoupin 
Creek congregation. 111.. Jan. 15. 1899, Sister 
Catherine Simon, nee Peck, aged 73 years, 10 
months and 1 1 days. She was united in mar- 
age to Bro. John Simon, Sept. 5, 1844. To 
lis union were born eighteen children, seven 
of whom preceded their mother to the spirit 
world. A husband and eleven children re- 
I. Sister Simon joined the Brethren 
church when fourteeti years of age, in which 
faith she lived a consistent member until 
death. Services by Eld. M. J. McClure from 
Luke S: 52. J. M. Masterson. 

HOKE.— In the Huntington church, Hunt- 
ington Co., Ind., Jan. 7, 1899, Bro. Amsey 
Hoke, aged 22 years, 5 months and 20 days. 
Funeral services by the writer. 

A. L. Wright. 
HOOVER.-ln the Ogan's Creek church, 
Wabash Co., Ind., Jan. 18, 1899, Sister Mary 
Hoover, aged 59 years, 3 months and 7 days, 
Sister Hoover was a devoted mother in Israel 
Services by the writer from John 17: 4. 

A. L. Wright. 
YOUNG. -In the Springfield church, Ohio, 
July 27, 1898, Franklin Young, aged 14 years, : 
months and 21 days. Services by a Methodist 
minister and N. Longanecker. D. F. EniE. 

ANSTINE.— In the East Nimishillen church. 
Ohio, Nov. 26. 1898, Bro. Reuben D. Anstine, 
aged 49 years, 8 months and 12 days. Serv- 
ices by brethren N. Longanecker and C. F. 
Kinsley. D. F. Euie. 

BRUMBAUGH.— In the East Nimishillen 
church, Ohio, Dec. 13, i8y8. Sister Catharine 
Brumbaugh, aged 74 years. 3 months and 16 
days. Services by C. F. Kinsley and N. Long- 
lanecker. D. F. Ebie. 

FALL. — In the East Nimishillen church. 
Ohio, Oct. 26, 1898, Leslie, son of Edgar and 
Nellie Fall, aged i month and 22 days. Serv- 
ices by Bro. N. Longanecker. D. F. Ebie. 

ASHENFELTER.— In the bounds of the 
Salem church, Marion County, Ore., Nov. 15, 
1898. Bro. Josiah Ashenfelter. The subject of 
this notice was born in Montgomery County, 
Pa., Dec. 16, 1816; was united in matrimony to 
Margaret M. McKinstry, nee Wicks. April 20, 
1851. To this union five children were born, 
of whom four survive him. Bro. Ashenfelter 
labored faithfully for over forty years in the 
deacon's office and died in the full triumph of 
the GospeL Services by the Brethren from 
Job 14: 14. M. M, Bashor. 

ORR. — In the Smith Fork congregation, 
Plattsburg, Mo., Jan. 14, 1899. of spinal menin- 
gitis, Lois Orr, aged 8 years. 7 months and 6 
days. Deceased was the daughter of Bro. John 
and Sister Perdida Orr. Services by Bro. Jas. 
Z. Gilbert. G. W. Ellenberger. 

RAIRIGH. — In the Thornapple church, 

Mich., Jan. 18. 1899. Mary, wife of Eld. Isaac 

F, Rairigh, and daughter of Henry and Mary 

Smith, aged 55 years, 5 months and 7 days. 

Deceased was born Aug. 11. 1843, '" Darke 

County, Ohio. She was united in marriage 

ith Isaac F. Rairigh, Dec. 16, 1866. Two 

ns and two daughters were born to them. 

lie son died in infancy. Sister Mary united 

th the Brethren church in 1867. Next year 

they came to Campbell Township, Ionia Co., 

M ich., where they have since made their home, 

and were among the pioneer members of the 

Thornapple church. She passed away after 

1 illness of nearly ten months, although she 

ffered from diabetes for some time before. 

She bore her affliction with much patience. 

emplary in her every-day life and 

m. Services Jan. 22, in the pres- 

ery large assembly. Text, Rev. 20: 

6. Interment in the township cemetery, near 

Clarksville. Peter B. Messner. 

YOST.— In the Maple Grove church, Grants- 
ville, Md., Jan. 10. 1899, Sister Sarah Yost, 
aged 59 years, 11 months and 25 days. De- 
ceased was the wife of Henry Yost. She 
leaves a husband, two daughters and three 
sons, all members of the church. Services by 
Bro. S. K. Fike, assisted by brethren S. A. Mil- 
ler and D. Hosteller from i Thess. 4; 18. 



SMITH.— At his home, near Hanoverdale, 
,n the bounds of the Big Swatara church. Pa., 
Jan. 13, 1899, Bro. Joseph Smith, aged 72 years, 
9 months and 25 days. He was a member of 
the Brethren church for many years. He 

aves a widow, one son and two daughters. 

jneral at the Hanoverdale church, by breth- 

n John Witmer and David Etter from John 
51. Dorothy J. Aungst. 

FISHER.— In the Mexico church, Ind., Jan. 

, 1899. Paul C. Fisher, infant son of Irvin 
and Jennie Fisher, aged 5 weeks and 2 days. 
His stay on earth was brief. He leaves a fa- 
ther and mother and two little sisters. Serv- 
ices from 2 Sam. 12: 23 and 19: 33, by the writ- 
er and Bro. Elliott. Frank Fisher. 

CUNNINGHAM.— In the Lower Deer Creek 
church, Carroll Co., Ind., Jan. 14, 1899, Bro, 
William Cunningham, aged 75 years, 5 months 
and 7 days. He lived a consistent member of 
the Brethren church for about fifty years, He 
was laid to rest in the Flora cemetery. Serv- 
ices by Bro. Solomon Blickenstaff from R,,v. 
14; 13. Aaron Snoeuerger. 

WILLIAMS.— At the Brethren's Aged Per- 
sons' Home. Henry County, Ind., Dec. 30, 1898. 
Bro. Aaron Williams, aged 70 years, 3 months 
and 25 days. He was married to Susan Paul, 
in 1848, who preceded him to the spirit land in 
April, 1896. There were born to them ten chil- 
dren, of whom six are still living. He united 
with the Brethren church in 1S83. in which he 
lived faithful until death. His remains were 
brought back to the Nettle Creek church for 
interment. Services by the writer, assisted by 
Bro. Levi S. Dilling from Heb. 10: 35. 36. 

Abraham Bowman. 

GOTTSCHALK.— At Bourbon, Ind., Dec. 
28, 1898, Ida Brown Gottschalk, aged 32 years, 
I month and 18 days. She united with the 
Brethren church about nine years ago. Her 
life has been worthy of imitation ever since. 
Amid alt her aflliclions her zeal for the Mas- 
ter's cause grew stronger. Services at Mt. 
Pleasant, conducted by Eld. J. H. Sellers. 
Te.Kt. 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8, D. M. Senour. 

LONG.— At her home, near Maryland, III., 
Jan. 19, 1899, Kate Long, tier Hicks, aged 44 
years, g months and 18 days. Deceased was 
■:ed to Emery Long, March 13, 1881. She 
;s a husband and two sons. Services at 
the West Branch house, by Eld. Clair, of the 
Old Order Brethren and Bro. M. S. Newcomer. 
Interment in the West Branch cemetery. 

D, A. Rowland. 
BROWN.— In the Abilene church. Kans., 
n. 19, 1899, Laura Myrtle, daughter of Eld. 
C. H. and Sister Annie Brown, aged i year, 7 
months and 25 days. Interment in the Na- 
varre cemetery. Services by elders Geo. Man- 
on and Geo. Eller from Rev. 5: 5. 

Geo. E. White. 
ROWLEY.-ln the Lanark church, Lanark, 
111., Jan. 20, 1899. Joseph Rowley, aged 87 
years, 2 months and 20 days. He was born in 
Armstrong County, Pa., Nov. 30, i8ir. He 
had been a faithful member of the Brethren 
hurch for about forty-eight years. Funeral 
>njan. 21. Services from i Thess. 4: 13 by 
Bro. I. Bennett Trout. 
LANDIS.— In Salem, Ohio, Jan. 15, 1899, 
ster Rachel Landis, nee Welbaum, daughter 
of Christian and Sarah Welbaum, aged 78 
■ ears and 25 days. She was born near Brook- 
'ille, Ohio, married David Landis, Oct. 25, 
838. He was a faithful member of the church. 
There were born to them ten children, of whom 
,ix survive her. Services by Eld. John Smith 
and the writer from 2 Tim. 4: 6-8. 

Jesse K. Brumbaugh. 
SIMON.— In the bounds of the Macoupin 
Creek church, III., Jan. 21, 1899, Bro, John Si- 
aged 75 years, 2 months and 27 days. 
Deceased was born in Germany, near Frank- 
fort, Oct. 24, 1823. He moved to Macoupin 
County in the fall of 1866. In 1867 he, with his 
family, moved to Montgomery County, where 
le resided ever since. Bro. Simon was mar- 
led to Catharine Peck, Sept. 5, 1844, who pre- 
eded her husband to the spirit world five 
days. Brother and Sister Simon leave two 
lis and nine daughters. Five sons and two 
ughters preceded their parents. Brother 
and Sister Simon were useful and true Chris- 
. They served in the office of deacon for 
many years. Services by Eld. M. J. McClure 
from I Cor. 15: 41, 43, assisted by Mr, S^, Gib- 
lett, pastor of Baptist congregation, of Girard. 
J. M. Masterson, 


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prisoner, and author, Mr. Poynter's peculiar 
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10:45 A.M.. 7:30 P-M 

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DES MOINES. IOWA.— 1606 E. Lion St. S, S.. 10 A 
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LANCASTER, PA.-Charlotte St. ndar Lemon. S. S,. 
q A. M.; Preaching. 10 A. M.. 7: iS P- M-; Sone Service. ; 
P. M.; Bible Meetinst. Wednesday, 7: 30 P. M. 

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Hebron and Abral 

tent's Physician. By Sadie Bralller Noflsingcr, . 
icr to Worship tlie Christ. By Frederick J. Stevt 
By Julie M. Lippnian, . . 


Who is Doing the Lord's Work? By A. Hutchison 82 

Song Service in the Sancttiftry.— Part 2. By Win. Beery 82 

Preaching and the Preacher .—Part 3. ByQiiincy Leckroue 8z 

Jacob Bchmen.-No. 4- By Jay G. Francis 83 

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College Settlements. ByT. S. Moherman 84 

Superstitions. ByJ.S. Flory 84 

Rebuking Power. By Tobias S. Fikc 84 

Following Christ.-Part I. ByJ. P. Dielil 85 

Faithlu) Workers. By J. H.Miller 85 

Holy Confidence. By H. A. Stah) S6 

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A GRAPHIC description of Arctic discomforts, sug- 
gested by his personal experience, is given by Dr. 
Nansen. One of the severest trials is the thirst in- 
duced by the irksome labor of sledge-hauling. 
Though the polar world is covered with frozen wa- 
ter, there is none for drinking purposes save that 
which is thawed, and on the march it is almost im- 
possible to do this. Then, too, the effect of the Arc- 
tic wind-storms is almost unendurable. As long as 
the air is still, the most intense cold can be borne 
with comparative ease, but the moment it gets into 
motion it strikes the skin with a terrible force, and 
with an effect similar to a burn. Th*un when it is 
visible, is hot, and peels and blisters the skin, mak- 
ing it infinitely more sensitive to the attacks of the 
wind. The greatest hindrance to the Polar explorer, 
however, is the fearful depression, mental and phys- 
ical, of the long nights, — nearly 3,000 horn 
and semi-darkness. Under its influence 
to suffer like plants deprived of sunlight, 
or so will often completely change their characters 
and the enforced idleness, universal gloom and bit 
ter cold make life so miserable that insanity and su 
icide often result. 



The recent snow-storms in the West have proved 
more destructive than anticipated, owing to the 
very severe weather in connection. Twenty-two 
lives were lost in a snowslide in Colorado. A gi- 
gantic avalanche was hurled from the mountain 
side and carried an entire train and crew to the bot- 
tom of the abyss. Only a few of the persons on 
board could be rescued, and some of those, even, 
have since died. Thousands of tons of ice and 
snow cover the track for a long distance. It is pro- 
nounced to have been the most destructive snow- 
slide in the Rocky Mountains for many years. In- 
dependence, a small mining town, twenty miles 
from Aspen, Colo., is threatened with famine. For 

three or four weeks the trail leading to the town 
has been covered with several feet of snow, and com- 
munication with the outside world is practically sus- 
pended. It was attempted to reach the place with 
a relief train, but an avalanche carried away horses 
and wagons, and the drivers narrowly escaped death 
by sheltering themselves behind a massive boulder. 
A second attempt is being made to reach the unfor- 
tunate people with needed supplies. 

The skeleton of a prehistoric man was recently 
unearthed at Miamisburg, Ohio. The frame is of 
large proportions and indicates a man at least eight 
feet in size, — a veritable giant. The skeleton was 
discovered by two men who were at work' in a grav- 
el pit. The jaw bones were found to be intact, the 
teeth models of strength and beauty. The forma- 
tion of the head, as well as that of the body gener- 
ally, indicated a being of great physical strength. 
Near the skeleton were tools of crude workmanship, 
indicative of the early stage of civilization which 
prevailed at that time. Gen. 6: 4 tells us, "There 
were giants in the earth in those days," and while 
the skeptic has denied the fact, sometimes the very 
bowels of the earth give evidence to the truth of 
the Bible statement. 

The dispute between the Czar and the Holy Syn- 
od of Russia regarding Count Leo Tolstoi seems 
likely to grow into an open rupture. The president 
of the synod insists on summoning Count Tolstoi 
before that body for trial, which will result in a de- 
privation of his civil rights and other penalties. 
The synod is enraged on account of Count Tolstoi's 
open support of the Dhoukhobors, whose religious 
tenets, it is claimed, will undermine the very foun- 
dations of the Greek church. On the other hand 
the Czar, who is really a great admirer of Tolstoi, 
has been trj'ing to convince the aged philosopher of 
the error of his ways, but has not met with any suc- 
cess along that line. Intimate friends of Count Tol- 
stoi assert that the peace-loving count will leave 
Russia of his own accord, and that the sending of 
his son to America in charge of the first deportation 
of Dhoukhobors is but a forerunner of his own emi- 
gration to the United States. Count Tolstoi loves 
the Americans, and believes that in America he 
could best accomplish the work he has undertaken, 
— the rescue of the downtrodden nonconformists of 
Russia and their transfer to a land of religious liberty. 

Amid the many perpleKing problems of the 
South, not the least is that of the so-called " poor 
whites," whose condition is due, in part at least, to 
the existeiice of slavery in ante-bellum times. 
Throughout man)' of the mountainous districts in 
Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee, and other Southern 
States may be found people far behind the civiliza- 
tion of the age. Only lately a bright boy,— a son 
of "poor-white " parents, — pathetically exclaimed, 
" The Northern people send down teachers and es- 
tablish schools for the negroes, but there is no 
chance for the likes of us." The one-room cabin 
of these people is often occupied by an entire fami- 
ly, and under these unfavorable surroundings not 
much can be done to elevate them, unless the 
rising generation can be properly educated and lift- 
ed to a higher plane. There is need of earnest and 
consecrated work among these people. They are 
of our race, speak our language, and, beyond all, 
they need our help. Many of them are not a great 
distance from congregations already established, 
and could be reached with little expense and trou- 
ble. A broader and a higher life is open to these 
people if the proper effort is made. 

PERSi,\,--the ancient country well known to stu- 
dents of Old Testament history, — has for over a hun- 
dred j'cars been the bone of contentitm between 
England and Russia, and the time seems to be ap- 
proaching when it will have to be divided. It is 
proposed to divide the country by a line running 
east and west, giving the northern portion to Russia 
and adding the southern half to India. As matters 
now stand, Persia is goijig from bad to worse, She 
has no laws save those imposed by the |)0werful; no 
justice save that which is purchasable; no state 
treasury save the shah's private purse; no enterprise 
save that which is English or Russian. Divided in- 
to two sections by a desert that runs through the 
center, aad with but few railroads, the nation has no 
union of sentiment, no national cooperation. Rus- 
sia is binding the northern section to herself by 
means of a network of railroads, which are connected 
with the Siberian system, while England has con- 
structed railroads in the southern section which tie 
it to India. With the death of Musafer-ed-din the 
country will likely be divided as outlined above. 

Recognizing the fact that the saloon and its evil 
influences will never be overcome unless the people ' 
are given something better In place of it, Bishop 
Henry C. Potter has inaugurated a movement to 
provide a substitute which has all the attractions of 
the saloon but none of the evil features, such as in- 
toxicating drink, gambling, etc. He has already se- 
cured $15,000 with which to fit up a building in the 
way outlined. It has long been the opinion of tem- 
perance workers that the saloon exists only because 
it meets the ideas of certain classes of people, who 
are not otherwise provided with a place of social en- 
joyment. It is the idea of the substitute movement 
to furnish all the social advantages without the ob- 
jectionable features of the saloon and while it may 
not do all that is claimed for it, it will, no doubt, 
materially assist the temperance cause. There is 
some wisdom in the proposed movement and even 
church workers may profit by a consideration of the 
proposed method. The social feature of our church 
work should be more fully developed, especially in 
our cities. Christian courtesy and .sympathetic in- 
terest in the welfare of one another should be so 
fully shown that the saloon would lose its attraction, 
and many be won to Christ. 

This is a world of changes, and it is illustrated 
anew in the career of Rafael A. Guiterrez, of Salva- 
dor, once a noted statesman and president of a re- 
public, now dependent upon the charity of his 
friends. Four years ago the people of Salvador, 
Central America, rose against the tyranny of the 
Ezetas and drove them from the country. They 
chose Gen. Guiterrez as their president, who pledged 
them an economical administration and kept his 
word. Eventually he succeeded in uniting Nicara- 
gua and Honduras with his own country, and the 
" Republic of Central America " was the rpsult of 
this effort. Gen. Rcgaldo was the trusted adviser 
of the President but betrayed the confidence placed 
in his integrity. He secretly plotted against his 
superior and succeeded in getting the favor of the 
people. Finally, when President Guiterrez realized 
that nothing could be done to retain his position, 
he fled to Honduras. Sympathizing friends gave 
him S300 on his departure from the country,— home- 
less and deprived of any means of subsistence. To 
the Christian it is a consolation to know that, while 
earthly friends often may and do prove unfaithful, 
there is " One above all others" who will never fail, 
and who will be with us even in the " dark valley 
and shadow of death." 

T'iiE gjosi'BXj ^ycEssEmroEit. 

Feb. )i, i8 

—:-..-• ESSAYS •-*-^— 



Oh, sinner, hath guilt diseased thine heart 
Halh sin imperfectcd ihy soul? 

Trust not (or healing lo worldly alms, 
Earth's wealth can never make thee wht 

Behold the vaslriess of thy vast fall 
Hath m.ide thee lame these many years. 

In helplessness sore tlinii long hasl cried: 

Lo. c 

1 (or the. 

• Be; 

Then cast tliei 

Whose Keeper can heal for sin's alloy; 
And when he shall touch ihy palsied heart, 

Oh, rise and leap and shout for joy! 

Fnr silver and gold can no 

Thy soul's disease they c 

A dearer price for thy curi 




In looking over the Lord's field I see there is 
much to be done. 1 next inquire in my mind, Who 
is to do this work? Again I take a look into the 
Lord's vineyard, to see what has been and is still 
being done. And 1 see that quite a good deal has 
been done and well done. 1 take another look to 
see what is now being done, and I see a number of 
active brethren, and also sisters, who are doing, their 
utmost to advance the Lord's cause. 

I look again nt the past and the present, to see 
who those were and who these are that did do and 
are now doing this work. And 1 see that it was the 
same class of members then'as now. And, strange 
as it may seem, it Is strictly true that you did not 
then, neither do you now, hear them filing com- 
plaints against the work or against those who are 
actively engaged in the work. The truth of it is 
that tlicy have no time to find fault with others. 
They must serve the Lord all the time. So you 
may set it down as a truism, that if you are a fault- 
finder you are not doing the Lord's work. 

We meet with brethren, and sisters too some- 
times, and almost before our overcoat is off they 
have something to tell us about the mistakes that 
the church or some members are making. And al- 
most inva\iabl)' the mistake consisted in something 
which had been done for the advancement of the 
Lord's cause. If each member would study to see 
if there is not something that he could do to ad- 
vance the Lord's work, the complainers and fault- 
finders would soon be found only in history. 

And again I look, and I see ; 
has been tempted to keep hims 
with this world than with the 
and general appearance. I look again to sei 
was, or is. the way those did who have been 

brother, who 
e in harmony 
, in costume 
f that 
id are 

now doing the Lord's work. And I see it was not, 
neither is it now. Those who are working for the 
Lord have no time to devote to such things. 

And still another time I look, because 1 hear 
some gentlemen speaking in very high terms about 
some lady, and I soon find out that it is a young 
sister who was on the train. They speak in the 
highest of terms of her neat attire, and the final 
verdict is that she is a Christian. They think 
so because of her very modest and graceful man- 
ners, and her very plain an.d modest apparel. They 
all decide that she is a worker for the Lord. 

On another occasion I heard a number of persons 
(of this world) passing upon the case of a dear 
young sister who had been tempted to put on a 
nd dress as the fashionable world 
ir remarks were not complimentary. 
Now, can we look to that clas: 
kvork? They are good people, but 
Let us try to help them .up to a 
they can be used in the Lord's vine- 

fashionable hat. 
does. And thei 
by any means, 
do the Lord's v 
only tempted 


Keiika, Fla. 



In Four Parts.- Part Two.— The Leader in Singing. 

The leader in congregational singing is largely 
responsible for the quality of it. That is, if he real- 
ly does Un4, the members of the congregation will 
pattern after his model, and as he leads they will 
follow. Hut one of the great diffictilties is this, they 
are often allowed to follow "afar off." They do 
not sing the same words at the same time with the 
leader. This causes what is called a " drag " in the 
singing. There are causes for this trouble for which 
the leader is not directly responsible, which will be 
taken up in a future article. It is the business of 
the leader, however, to overcome this fault as best 
he can under existing circumstances. 

I have learned by experience and observation that 
it is useless to try to correct this dragging by keep- 
ing just a little ahead of the congregation. If one 
wishes to lead a mass of singers he must stay right 
with them. Sometimes it may become necessary to 
change the tempo a little from what he intended it to 
be in order that he may keep a hold of the congre- 
gation, but he can sway them (the mass of voices) 
best by leading them with a slwrtrope. When a con- 
gregation becomes too indifferent to the voice of 
the leader they can sometimes be awakened out of 
their lethargy by giving them a surprise. The lead- 
an do this by purposely leaving them so far be- 
hind at a certain point that they clearly realize that 
they are left behind. One or two such surprises 
will put them on their guard, for a while at least. 

Sometimes the best and only way in which one 

n keep a large congregation together well in song 
is to stand and face them. It is seldom necessary 
to " beat time," though a slight movement of the 

md by the leader to indicate the rhythm of the 

usic will prove helpful. 

As a matter of course, in this as well as in any- 
thing else, some are naturally better fitted for the 
work than others. That is to say, some are blessed 
with good voices and other qualities necessary to 
good leadership in singing, while others who are 

lied upon to lead the singing are not thus endowed. 

^ain, some have had educational advantages along 
this line of work, of which others have been de- 
ed. However, whether naturally endowed, or 
helped by instruction and culture, one's success 
or failure in this work depends largely upon the 
amount of thoughtful and prayerful attention he 
gives to it. This is a wonderful means of help to 
even the weakest. 

Let it be remembered, though, that a knowledge 
of music and ability to read it is a great help. 
Without any knowledge of music one may lead his 
congregation into errors which will be hard to cor- 
rect. For a leader to depend upon learning tunes 
by ear, and then teach the congregation to sing 
thein as he remembers them, will do if he cannot 
do better; but it is not a very safe way if any regard 
is to be maintained for correctness. 

Even though a leader be not responsible for all 
the faults in the congregational singing where he 
leads, it is still his duty to do the best he can to 
bring about needed improvements so far as he has 
power so to do. This means a constant, careful, 
prayerful study of the situation and the laying hold 
of and using every opportunity afforded for his own 
better preparation for the work. As the leader so, 
largely, will the followers be. 

Hiaitin<rdo/i, Pa. 


BV yuiNCY leckkone. 

Part 3.— The Sermon. 

The elements which determine the make-up of a 
sermon are the preacher, the material and the audi- 
ence. The first element is unconsciously woven in. 
Its stamp is seen in the general style and tenor of 
the sermon. While the preacher's individuality of- 
ten gives tone and power to the sermon, it must not 

nently as to set before the hearer his 
the primary factor, subordinating 

e to it. It should be like the ele- 
of arithmetic, which are used 
putation, yet they are 
;sult has been obtained 


figure so pr 
personality as t 
everything else 
mentary principl 
constantly in all ( 
forgotten when the re 

Some men put into 
trations from their own experience, and explain 
every truth they seek to teach by referring to how 
it affected them when they accepted it, so that, 
could their sermons be read, their whole biography 
could actually be written from them. There are 
congregations that know, and have heard far more, 
about the conversion and religious experience of 
their preacher than they do of that of Paul. The 
ego of the preacher element has entered too largely 
into the sermons. Nothing is more detracting from 
the high spiritual atmosphere in which the preacher 
should hold his sermon than for him to stop in the 
midst of some ennobling truth into which he has 
led his hearer and say, " A certain man accosted me 
on the street not long since and said, ' Mr.—,' " giv- 
ing his own name, and following with some smart 
question and answer. Such preaching is entertain- 
ing and will be listened to with marked attention, 
just as people eagerly listen to communit)' gossip. 
It is disgusting to the true worshiper and earnest 
seeker for the truth. Personality must not be put 
into individuality. Souls starving for the Bread of 
Life do not want to be fed on gossip. 

The second element, vis., the material, is always 
the truth; but since the truth is so varied and differ- 
ent it affords a wide field from which to select par- 
ticular truth to make the groundwork or foundation 
for particular sermons. Remembering now that 
the preacher's knowledge of the truth is no longer 
in the abstract, but that it has become to him doc- 
trine, therefore, in selecting the truth and preaching 
it, he selects doctrine and preaches it, All truth is 
doctrine; he therefore must preach doctrine. He 
must preach it, not that men may believe it, but 
that they may be saved by believing it. 

Some sermons are spoken of as being expository, 
topical, practical, hortatory, etc. And indeed a ser- 
mon may be strictly limited to one or the other of 
these classes and yet have beneath it as a founda- 
tion the essential element, truth presented as doc- 
trine. While desirable results, on special occasions, 
may be obtained by making the sermon conform to 
one of these classes, yet every true sermon in the 
fullest sense should include them all. Not that 
each should have equal prominence in every ser- 
mon, but that one or the other of the classes 
should be made the leading or prominent feature 
and the rest subordinate. Every sermon should 
have enough of these various elements to make the 
doctrine stand out bold and plain, so that the truth 
taught may be practical, easily comprehended, and 
men persuaded to accept it and act upon it. 

Every sermojj. must rest solidly on some Scrip- 
ture. It must make and rivet some vital point. The 
sheet lightning illuminates the sky from horizon to 

horizon, but it accomplishes nothing b 

it to beautify 

the heavens for a moment, then all 

s over. But 

the flash that aims at some definite p 

aint descends 

with telling effect, while at the same 

ime it sheds 

a brilliant light upon the whole surrou 

ndings. Def- 

initencss, and not speculative theor 

es, must be 

characteristic of the finished sermon 

. When the 

hearer cannot carry away a clear idee 

of the doc- 

trine taught, however beautiful and 

oratorical the 

sermon may have been, the preacher 

has failed in 

some important element. It may hav 

2 been in the 

material used, or in not choosing 

the material 


The selection of material must not be too narrow 
or limited. A single passage of Scripture, consider- 
ed apart from all other passages in connection, 
may lead to grievous errors. It is like the stroke 
of lightning that bursts in midair at midday; it is 
not seen, only heard; the shock is felt for a mo- 
ment and is soon forgotten. Ever)- passage chosen 
must be surrounded and illuminated by its proper 
relation to all other Scripture, so that the single 
passage may stand out in bold relief as the central 
truth or doctrine, surrounded by a multitude of 

Feb. II, I8 



supporters. Broadness of view begets accuracy of 

The sermon considered with reference to the au- 
dience is a necessary . element. There are three 
doors of entrance through which Christ must be 
preached to the people: The heart, the conscience, 
and the reason. Christ must be preached as Priest, 
Prophet, and King. Each door must be used so 
that the sermon may aid in cultivating proper re- 
lations of the Christian graces. The power of Christ 
is to reach wherever men are wrong. It must not 
only rectify the wrong, but it must feed and 
strengthen the impoverislied soul. As a physician 
applies the remedy, judging of the disease from the 
symptoms, so the preacher must apply his sermon. 

Truth is an invariable element, never changing; 
and if all preachers were alike and congregations 
always alike, all sermons would be alike. But 
since no individual can be the same in any two mo- 
ments of "his life, and audiences are never twice 
alike, it makes a variety of sermons necessary. 
Hence the' preacher's inclination and the needs of 
the people will enter into the making of the sermon. 
It is well that these elements should be considered, 
and in making up the sermon the preacher must be- 
come master of his inclinations, and willingly, with- 
out betraying his dislikes, put into his sermon that 
which the people need. Nothing will fall with 
colder reception on the people than a sermon that 
the people know the preacher did not want to 

In making up the sermon do not underestimate 
the ability of the audience to understand and feel 
the power of the truth. Be assured, when your ser- 
mon is said to be too deep for the people to under- 
stand, that you have simply failed in presenting the 
truth; then try again. Fix the standard of your ser- 
mon highj then bring the people up to it. 

If, while you are preaching, men are forming deep 
and lasting resolutions to live a better life, your ser- 
mon is a success and your labor is not in vain. 

Gteiiford, Ohio. 


Number Pour. 

We have considered at least some of the particu- 
lar lines on which Behmen attempted reform. Let 
us now turn our attention to some of the general 
characteristics of his work. 

Behmen's attack on the church for its state of spir- 
ituality was not without effect. In his biography 
we have seen how his writings and life disturbed the 
equilibrium of Gregory Richter, the superintendent 
of GOrlitz. In his writings he frequently mentions 
his persecutions at the hand of the church afld how 
God delivered him. During the Thirty Years' War, 
the leaven of his writings was working secretly in 
the three measures of meal of Romanism, Lutheran- 
ism and Calvinism. After the war, it broke forth in 
the Roman church in the persons of Molinos, Fene- 
lon, and Madame Guyon; in the Lutheran church, 
in Spener, Francke, Arnold and others; in the Re- 
formed church in Labadie, Untereyck, Nethenus, 
Copper, Horch, Lampe, and Tersteegen. In the 
Church of England the movement manifested itself 
in Philadelphianism. Quakerism, and Methodism. 

Some may say contemptuously that there is little 
cause of elation in being classed with Behmen's 
products; and then point to some of the erratic and 
even immoral sects who accompanied Pietism. 
Jung Stilling informs us that Behmen made many 
delusionists, yet it is a question whether he himself 
was one. Of Luther's reformation we would say 
that it also produced or was accompanied by fanat- 
ics, and would point you to the Peasants' War. 
The religious movement which brought Israel out 
of Egypt was productive of many stragglers, who 
were no credit to the Israelites. Will you condemn 
Luther? or Moses? or Behmen? In our previous 
article we did not claim that all that Behmen wrote 
was pure gold. There was chaff with the wheat. 
Perhaps there was just a little chaff in the writings 
of Luther and of Calvin. Gerard Croese, author of 

'■ Historia Quakeriana,"— we quote on authority of 
Sachse,— names his third sort of Pietists, Behmists, 
" These," he says, " called back, as it were, Jacob 
Behmen, the shoemaker of Garlingen in Silesia, 
from the dead, who was called Teutonick, and did 
both Broach those Opinions, which had been really 
delivered by him, as also those Errors that had been 
falsely laid upon him, and ascribed to him, yea, and 
horrid and hellish Blasphemy, and cried them up as 
worthy of all Esteem ard Glory." So some of the 
followers of Behmen, like, alas, even some of the 
followers of our Savior, ascribed to their master 
things not his. Perhaps Behmen has been misrep- 
resented. Furthermore, some of the followers of 
Behmen who were branded with contumely by Prot- 
estant divines, were, we are told, more desirable 
characters than said divines themselves. Perhaps 
some of Behmen's followers have been misrepresent- 
ed. So after all we, perchance, need not be so much 
ashamed of being born out of the conditions of 
which Behmen was the author. 

" The effects of Behmen's principles are common- 
ly secret, and more powerful among the lower ranks 
of society." '' Arc commonly secret." It rather sug- 
gests to us the enemy who came by night and sowed 
tares. So we are dealing here with a suspicious 
character? Beware, or he will instill poison into 
your veins. Well, the leaven which is typical of the 
kingdom of God was hid'm three measures of meal. 
I suppose the Spirit of God hid it there. If a man's 
method of procedure is the same as the Holy Spir- 
it's, he may not be so very dangerous. The trouble 
with so many of the critics of Behmen is that only 
the mystery of iniquity doth work in them; they 
have never had any experience of the good working 
secretly — ^in the heart. 

" More potvevfid amoug the loiver ranks 0/ society." 
Kelpius, one of the brightest and best university- 
trained men of pietistic days, writes: " For when 
these things (teachings of Pietism) began to fer- 
ment everywhere, the Students in the Uni\'ersities 
forsook their former way of Learning and applied 
themselves wholly to Piety and Godliness, leaving 
and some burning their heathenish Togiks, Rhet- 
oriks, Metaphysiks," etc. Kelpius was a disciple of 
Behmen; so was Zimmerman, the founder of the 
" Society of the Woman in the Wilderness," and one 
of the foremost mathematicians and astronomers of 
the time; so was Sir Isaac Newton. Doctors of di- 
vinity in the universities accepted and taught Beh- 
men's views on regeneration. The celebrated Wm. 
Law had the flames of piety fanned within him by 
reading Behmen; and from this flame, burning in 
his "Serious Call," the Wesley Brothers took f^re. 
So you see that Behmen had some pretty smart, 
respectable people in his congregation. Then not 
many wise are called to eternal life. Besides, tliere 
is no disgrace in being listened to by the lower 
ranks, the (Ammon people. These heard Jesus 

Was Behmen a delusionist? Without hesitation, 
No! Those who were made delusionists by his 
writings never reached the heart of the man, or else 
lacked his balance, having the cause of error in 
themselves. When we first read some of his say- 
ings and knew of his sound, normal life, we would 
have pronounced him a hypocrite, had we not been 
convinced Jhat he was holding back a secret. Fi- 
nally he gives his secret to the discerning reader. 
Throughout he maintained a common-sense, prac- 
tical walk. He kept to his trade, supporting his 
family; and put his sons to honest trades. He has 
aright to be and should be judged by his life. His 
disciples should have observed his life. He was 
never carried away by delusions; or if so, always re- 
turned quickly to a normal condition. Behmen was 
no delusionist. 

Some may object to Behmen being called a re- 
former because he did not found a new church. 
Kurtz, the Lutheran historian, says that he was " a 
man who, with all his unchurchly speculations, 
nevertheless in his life sincerely maintained true 
piety, and faithfully adhered to the Lutheran 
Church." While Behmen did not sever relations 
with the Lutheran church, yet he felt within him- 
self that his teachings must lead to a new organiza- 

tion, for he predicted that a new church, a kingdom 
in which the members will be fully resigned to God, 
" must and shall be soon manifest and come into 
being, Z?*- ,7 7vitness unto all (he nations of the earth, of 
which all the prophets have prophesied." New 
church organizations did come into being; and of all 
these churches wc claim that the Brethren's church 
most truly embodies Pietism. Behmen did not 
make the disruption, because the time for it was not 
yet fully come; but the Lutherans have no right to 
claim him. The seeds of separatism were in him, 
and the separation of his disciples from the estab- 
lished churches was only the logical sequence of his 

Then, again, there are those who will condemn 
Behmen because his writings made separatists. Lu- 
theran and Calvinistic writers tell us that there was 
no need in separating from the established church- 
es, that piety could have been cultivated and 
brought to fruition there; and in proof of their po- 
sition they point you to Spener and Francke in the 
Lutheran church and to Lampe and Tersteegen in 
the Reformed. Separatism is denounced. In reply 
we will ask them why the Protestants separated 
from the Roman church. Why not in that case stay 
in the old church, purify and revive it? So Prot- 
estants, in condemning in the Pietists, 
condemn themselves. New wine must be put in 
new skins. Then the men mentioned above were 
more Protestant than Pietistic. They were not in 
the heart of Pietism, though they were close to it. 
Alexander Mack was a pronounced separatist. If 
history teaches us anything, it teaches us this, that 
there is a time to separate, and that there is a time 
when we feel like separating that we should remain 
in union. There was a time when it was necessary 
for masses of matter to separate from the sun in 
order to form our planetary system. It is necessary 
for the planets now, to avoid becoming wandering 
stars -nnd to maintain the beautiful system of which 
they are a part, to move in unison with the sun. 
Then, the planets have thrown off satellites, which 
revolve around them. So in the Christian church, 
the centrifugal force will preponderate, till the 
whole system is developed, then the centrifugal and 
centripetal forces will be equalized, and all will 
move in eternal harmony. The whole evolution is 
under the personal direction of Christ. When the 
question of separation, his mind on the sub- 
ject should be ascertained. Our own should not be 
followed. Where it is. and it differs from his, we' 
become wandering stars. The separation brought 
about by Behmen's writings was in accordance with 
the mind of Christ. 

Oaks, Pa. ^ 





St sea of 

The human soul without God 
adrift on a boundless ocean who 
fathom. Beyond and about it 
doubt and uncertainty. Within is an endless long- 
ing and searching for something which is ever elud- 
ing the grasp, or which, if gained, proves to be like 
the fabled golden apple that, after a life-long pur- 
suit, was at last obtained, only to crumble to ashes 
at the touch. 

Ever, down through the ages, men have spent 
their lives delving in the depths of what we call 
knowledge. They have amassed stores of learning 
almost beyond belief, only to find themselves 
always confronted by the same questions, — " Where 
\slnctltr' "What lies beyond?" "What is it all 
worth?" " What shall be the end?" And to them 
all comes the same overwhelming conviction — 
these things are all earthly, passing, changing, a 
part of our fleeting, transient existence as crea- 
tures of earth. 

To my own heart to-night comes the answer, 
" Tliy word is Inil/i." God stands revealed to us 
through his Son. Here, we say, is something last- 
ing, something eternal to which the soul may an- 
chor; a safe harbor within which our lives, like the 
great ocean, may be storm and tempest-lfcssed on 


the surface, the currents and counter-currents of 
earthly sorrow and adversity may sweep to and fro 
above, but far beneath there is a realm where the 
waves never reach, where not the slightest tremor 
or motion is ever felt, and there exists one unbrok- 
en eternal calm. The soul is stayed on God. 
The tangled skein which we could not unravel, the 
intricate network of circumstances which perplexed 
us so, are laid at his feet, and it is all made smooth 
and straight. We know at last just what he meant 
when he said, " Come unto me, all ye that labor, 
and I will give you rest." We fee! all the blessed- 
ness of that last great gift to his beloved followers, 
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto 
you." " Let not your heart be troubled, neither let 
it be afraid." 

It is told of a Hindu that once, by chance, there 
came into his possession a copy of the Gospel of St. 
John. He read it and accepted its teachings. 
Eleven years after, a missionary gave him a New 
Testament. After reading that he said, " Eleven 
years have I been happy walking in the starlight. 
Now I have come out into the glorious light of the 
noonday sun; how .shall I express my joy? " 

How much more shall we who have all our lives 
known and felt his love and protecting care, rejoice 
in the glorious liberty offered by the Son of God? 
He keeps us within the shadow of his throne. 
What have we to lose? What have we to fear? 
God is at the helm. The problem of life is solved. 

Good's Mills, Va. 


Under the aforenamed head I wish to describe a 
movement that owes its birth to Christian educa- 
tion; also to draw a few conclusions that perhaps 
will be interesting to some who are seeking a solu- 
tion for a certain phase of human life. 

The slum life that obtains in our cities has be- 
come a problem of vast importance. The jurist has 
proposed and enforced laws in order that the dwell- 
ers in the slums may be induced to respect virtuous 
modes of life; but to no avail. The minister from 
the pulpit has held up the Christ-life, made circuit- 
ous and hasty visits through the congested districts, 
only to find them indulging in the same evils on a 
subsequent visit. The benevolent man and woman 
have driven down the dark alleys to their doors to 
hand them the staff of life in the way of meats and 
religious tracts, to find on the morrow a greater 
wail not for tracts, but for bread and clothing. 

Other agencies having failed, the " College Settle- 
ment " comes forth as one born in due time to offer 
a solution for the emancipation of those who are 
bound by the iron shackles of dissipation. 

The " College Settlement," as it is known in our 
country, is a body of men and women who, having 
finished their courses in college — many of them 
having reached the highest round in letters — pro- 
pose to themselves to reach down to the lowest 
strata of civilized life, to give the hel|ting hand. 
They leave the classroom having won distinction in 
the various departments, they snap asunder the 
school ties that have become strong by years of so- 
cial mingling, they cast aside the college frock for 
one that is more in keeping witli their professed line 
of work; above all, they leave the endearments of 
home life for Jesus' sake, and by their exemplary 
lives as object lessons, and by their teaching and 
helpfulness in general, they hope to give inspira- 
tion to those who are apparently without hope of 
reaching anything better than their present condi- 

These persons rent rooms Sn the slum districts, 
dress plainly, and their bill of fare is \yithout luxur- 
ies. Openings are effected to a number of homes, 
and great interest is taken in their welfare, by a 
careful study of their tastes, habits and needs. If 
their need is clothing, they help them to get it; if it 
is the want of knowing how to prepare a meal, they 
teach them how; if it is a bad habit, they give that 
special attention; if it is a want of the spirit of in- 
dustry, th«y invite them to their rented apartments 

and teach them some handicraft. In general they 
teach them the origin and beauty of a sunbeam and 
the hea'ith-giving properties of a breath of pure air,— 
that God has caused the earth to bud and blossom, 
and that houses, food, and clothing— though in a 
crude state— are found upon every hillside. 
* In this condition of things they live, and with this 
method of procedure they unfalteringly prosecute 
their daily tasks. The remarkable thing is that that 
line of work is chosen without the hope of a penny's 
reward. They look daily to him who said, "Seek 
ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, 
and all these things will be added unto you." 

This in simple is the "College Settlement" as it 
is known in America. The question may arise. Is 
this a college " fad," or a natural product of Chris- 
tian education? Moses, being trained in all the 
learning of Egypt at the court of Pharaoh, and 
more directly under the tutorship of God in the 
blossoming fields of Midian, experienced a burning 
obligation to assist in the emancipation of the be- 
loved slaves of Egypt. Paul sitting at the feet of 
Gamaliel, receiving daily the precious declarations 
of the law, becoming a peer among peers in learning, 
forgot not those who by the traditions of the Jews 
were fenced out from the benefits of the kingdom. 
These citations will perhaps be enough to show us 
that the spirit of brotherhood is a natural product 
of Christian education. 

Now that education has become a prominent fac- 
tor in our church life, would it not be well foi' us to 
look forward to the utilizing of our forces to the up- 
lifting of humanity; not specially in the rural dis- 
tricts, where the pulpit is congested because of the 
number that fill it, but in the cities, where a knowl- 
edge of letters is not, where frugality is buried un- 
der the debris of sensuality, and right is being hf Id 

Our schools can justly pride themselves in send- 
ing out men and women well ballasted in the Chris- 
tian graces, and in whose hearts the Christ-life has 
rooted and grown, breathing daily a quickening 
sense of helpfulness to the unfortunates of our civ- 
ilization. These, after many years of training. 
should be utilized by the church and given stations, 
even if it be in some slum corner to bind and gather 
sheaves into the garner of the Lord. 

Indeed, the value of a true education may justly 
be measured by the capacity of the individual to 
appropriate himself to the welfare of others. That 
there are those that need a helping hand is not to 
be questioned. But the point is to reach out the 
helping hand, that that in the individual which is 
created in the likeness of the Maker, may be resur- 
rected from corruption and placed in the path of 
right living. Such ones need our burning sympa- 
thy. Do not say that those who were once in a 
like condition, and have now risen by a constant 
warfare against the lusts of life, are th% only ones 
that can truly sympathize. To this I will say that it 
is not necessarily true. The greatest sympathizer 
the world ever knew, the one that did the most to 
help humanity, was the lowly Nazarene who knew 
no sin. From this we may conclude that those who 
in their training have Christ as the ultimate of their 
adoration, though having few if any occasions to 
blush because of sins, will, by God'.* help, be con- 
ducted into the recesses of sorrow and pajji in oth- 

Now I have described one of the most advanced 
movements of the day, which has for its object the 
amelioration of the congested portions of our civili- 
zation, and have drawn a few deductions, that we, as 
a church, may cast our leaven into the meal of hu- 
man kind and become a factor in raising the stan- 
dard of those who are content with living a life of 

Huntinzdo/i, Po. 



In reading what Bro. Forney says in No. i of cur- 
rent volume of Gospel Messenger we were set to 
musing over the ideas brought out, that before or in 

the light of knowledge heathen religions and super- 
stitious ideas must vanish. How true this is. The 
knowledge we get from God's revelations, as set 
forth in the Bible, is the power that, like a violent 
cyclone, sweeps over the world and carries the 
works of superstition hither and thither, preparing 
the \Vay for a rebuilding out of things that are real 
and enduring. Wherever the Bible goes and is 
lived up to, superstition and idolatry must cease to 
exist. It is passing strange how tenaciously some 
of the rubbish of superstition does cling to human 
ideas. The reason is an unwillingness to let the 
light permeate every corner and recess of the heart. 

There is to-day a kind of semi-superstition still 
clinging to religious ideas and customs in what is 
termed the Christian world. It is a nicety to be 
able at all times to show the converging lines be- 
tween superstition and real Bible knowledge, and 
for this reason diligence in search of the truth 
should be the watchword. 

Then again, we should be careful that we do not 
in our zeal throw away principles that prominentl)' 
stand out in the Bible. It is necessary in this age 
of the world that an intelligent education along 
lines of Bible truth be obtained and taught. There 
was a time when what the preacher said or what the 
church did was taken for granted as being correct, 
but now the whys and wherefores are demanded, 
and it is necessary that we be able to give a reason 
of the hope we have and the doctrine we dissemi- 

In our general and specific views relative to the 
peculiar features of Gospel principles, it is neces- 
sary for the inquiring mind to be intelligently 
taught; otherwise we get only partially converted 
people into the church, and from this cause comes 
much of the trouble arising from a non-compliance 
with the Gospel principles. 

We must learn and teach that nonconformity to 
the world is a positive doctrine of the Gospel and 
that in scparatencss from the world there must be 

Only quite recently a dear sister said that for 
years she was not satisfied in the church where she 
belonged previousl)-, but not understanding the 
whys and wherefores of our separateness from the 
world in uniformity she did not apply for admis- 
sion. When finally a brother in a plain and intelli- 
gent manntr showed the Gospel principles back of 
it all, she was convinced that it was wisdom and not 
a superstitious idea, and to-day is rejoicing in the 
blessedness of separateness from the world. 

Los Angeles, Cal. 



; rebuked the winds and the 

A COLLECTION of the rebukes of Jesus Christ 
would show the universality of his power. In the 
text quoted are represented the great forces of na- 
ture and Christ's power over them. In Matt. 17: 18 
we have another instance of his rebuking power: 
"Jesus rebuked the devil." Here is manifested his 
power over all the higher malign forces of the uni- 

We need not concern or bewilder ourselves in 
trying to find out how these forces came into exist- 
ence. It should be sufficient for us to know that 
they are here, and we must deal with them, either in 
a spirit of atheism, or in a spirit of Christian belief. 
The question as to how sin came into the world is 
of little importance to us, but how to eradicate it 
from and keep it out of our own hearts is of vital 
importance to each of us. Securing Christ as our 
Savior he becomes our substitute, and through him 
we may hope to gain the victory over sin and Satan. 

In Mark 8: 33 Jesus " rebuked Peter." This is an 
instance of personal mastery as well as personal 
criticism. Christ was always master, and until we 
have through the merits of Christ gained the victory 
over self we should not be too free to criticise and 
rebuke one another. It is well for us to be sure 
that the superior is rebuking the inferior. There is 
a personal rebuke for each of us if we will submit 


ourselves to the criticism of Christ. None of us 
rnay hope to escape the judgment of divine right- 
In Mark 9: 25 Jesus " rebuked the foul spirit." 
In this instance is manifested Christ's sovereignty 
over all the meaner malignities that affect the life 
of man. The term " foul spirits " covers a large 
field. There exist foul spirits of passion, self-con- 
ceit, intemperance, ingratitude, self-indulgence, 
fault-finding, speaking evil one of another, watching 
for the mistakes of others, and the like. We should 
always remember that only through the divine Spir- 
it of Christ within us we may be able to subdue the 
foul spirits in our own cases. 

When we have rebuked all the evil that is in us, 
it is then that we may begin its further rebuke. 
We may be strong in one direction, and pitiably 
weak in another. We should, as God's children, 
endeavor so to live that we may escape just rebuke. 
It is next to impossible for some of us to still the 
unruly member, yet it behooves us in the strength 
of the Holy Ghost to move mightily in that direc- 

We are sometimes led to believe that some peo- 
ple are inclined to tell all they know, and then for 
fear that somebody knows something that they 
don't, they tell more. They are a little like the 
Athenians, who, when they had erected an idol 
temple to all the gods they knew, for fear there 
might be another god whom they did not know, 
erected one more "to the unknown God." As Paul 
did to the Areopagites, let us preach to them about 
the unknown God, inform them that there is strength 
in reserve as well as in declaration. 

Just at this time there seems to be some feeling 
manifested against the colleges and publishing in- 
terests of the church, two of the greatest powers for 
the development and advancement of the church. 
True, they may be misused, and no doubt mistakes 
have been made in the past; but. Brethren, is it not 
a fact that as great, and even greater, mistakes have 
-been made on the opposite side of the question? 
It seems to me that our experience in the past 
should be sufficient to convince us of the bad effects 
of discord among brethren. Is it not bordering on 
" rebuke " when we use such terms by way of de- 
rision as " monopoly " and " college bred " ? 

With the safeguards that the church has thrown 
around these institutions it does seem to me that we 
should rest satisfied for the present, and, instead of 
sowing the seed of discord, labor together to make 
them -potent factors in the church for the advance- 
ment of Christ's kingdom. And if some of us think 
the church is on the brink, while Pharaoh and his 
host are in hard pursuit, might it not be well to 
" stand still and see the salvation of God " ? 

The Lord keep us from being extremists. We 
pray for the peace and prosperity of the church of 
our choice. 

Brookside, IV. Va. 


In Two Parts.— Part One. 

" If any mRii will come after me, let him deny himself daily, 
and follow me." — Luke 9: 23. 

In order to get into Christ there are three steps 
necessary, viz., faith, repentance, and baptism. 
Through these three steps a person is born into the 
kingdom of Christ, and is no longer a child of this 
world, but a child of God. " For as many of you as 
have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." 
Gal. 3: 27. Or, according to John 15: 3-7, we are 
grafted into and wrapped up in Christ. Hence we 
become heirs of God, and jointheirs with Christ. 
Rom. 8: 17. As long as we are in the world we 
must partake of the things of the world; otherwise 
we " must needs go out of the world." I Cor. 5: 10. 

There is a great deal being said now against the 
intoxicating bowl, which is all right. It ought to 
be no temptation to any follower of Christ; but, 
alas! How often do we hear of some one who sep- 
arates from Christ, steps off the track and partakes 

of the demon of intoxication. Read Isa. 5: 22; 
Luke 21; 34; 1 Cor. 6: 10. Why is it that men will 
take the drugs into their stomachs, knowing